Providing Massachusetts Businesses an ‘A.I. Jump Start'
On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Innovation Institute at MassTech has awarded Northeastern University a $2.2 million grant to fund AI Jump Start Pilot Program, an effort that will allow small- and medium-sized businesses in Massachusetts the ability to deploy cutting-edge artificial intelligence, or AI, tools and techniques to help enhance their business and drive product development.
Northeastern will provide $2.0 million in matching support for the state's capital investment, bringing the total project total to $4.2 million. The project will support new technical infrastructure, including the purchase of a new state-of-the-art computing cluster that will support the collaborative projects with industry focused on the development, testing, and deployment of AI and machine learning-related technologies and strategies.
In addition, a portion of the Commonwealth's funds will be used as operating funds to boost industry engagement through a workshop for small- and medium-sized Massachusetts businesses, as well as seed grants to support faculty experts’ work with individual firms. Read more below on how your company can get involved!
AI Jump Start will be managed by Northeastern University, in partnership with Tufts University and Boston University. The program will allow access to new, state-of-the-art, computing infrastructure, along with expert faculty support, providing small- to medium-sized Massachusetts businesses opportunity to engage with AI innovation opportunities that would not normally be attainable due to financial hurdles.
The program is led by Northeastern University, including five of NU's prestigious research centers:
- Gordon CenSSIS, a graduated NSF-funded Engineering Research Center;
- The Department of Homeland Security-funded ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) Center of Excellence;
- The Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIoT);
- The Center for Signal Processing, Imaging, Reasoning and Learning (SPIRAL); and
- The Laboratory of Computer Architecture Research (NUCAR).
Project partners include:
Download the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document prior to submitting an application for the AI Jumpstart program.
The FAQ covers many of the questions that candidate companies will have regarding the program.
Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning are already driving innovation across Massachusetts. The goal of AI Jump Start is to boost the adoption and integration of AI, and to expand access to these cutting-edge technologies, helping enhance more 'Made in Massachusetts' products and services.
AI and its sub-branch Machine Learning utilize advanced algorithms to identify patterns in vast amounts of data, allowing systems to improve processes and better manage systems. Experts in the AI Jump Start program will work with selected businesses to incorporate the new computing tools and techniques to drive advancements in:
- Process and smart manufacturing;
- Health and medicine;
- Education; and
- Wireless communication.
The new program aims to provide several benefits to participating companies:
- Powered by new, world-class computing infrastructure housed at Northeastern;
- Access to cutting-edge facilities, such as NU's Colosseum in Burlington, a one-of-a-kind facility; and
- Workshops staffed by top AI and machine learning experts, designed to help your business utilize
April 8, 2021 (pending PR Release)
April 22, 2021
Initial Applications Due
May 3, 2021
Decisions on Applications
June 1, 2021
AI Jumpstart Workshops
June 11, 2021
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If you have questions about the AI Jumpstart program, please contact AIJumpStart@masstech.org.