Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grants $5.5M to UMass Center for Data Science

Boston Business Journal
Tuesday, January 16, 2018


By Kelly J. O'Brien - Technology Reporter

"Andrew McCallum, a long-time professor of machine learning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, now has backing from one of the biggest names in Silicon Valley for an ambitious project to use artificial intelligence to speed along scientific discoveries.

"The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, led by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, is granting the school’s Center for Data Science $5.5 million to support a project called Computable Knowledge. The idea is to use deep learning algorithms to analyze millions of research papers and automatically identify relationships between all manner of scientific and medical facts, processes, concepts, and experiments.

"...The money from CZI will be used to hire software engineers in Amherst and to support graduate and doctoral students at the Center for Data Science, which McCallum directs..."

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