UofI AI 082720 The University of Illinois has been chosen to receive federal funding for two research institutes focused on artificial intelligence. This will build on the state’s commitment to boost science and technology, adding two research institutes focused on artificial intelligence.

“This is a tremendous technological and economic opportunity for the future of our state,” said Illinois Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park). “Senate Democrats recognized the great potential for this research and worked to secure the needed funding to make this happen. It's a great team win for all of Illinois. I’m pleased to see our state gain national recognition as a brain hub and center for cutting edge innovation.”

With these investments, the National Science Foundation will fund the AI Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthetic Strategy and Manufacturing, also known as the Molecule Maker Lab Institute. In addition, the AI Institute for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management and Sustainability will advance AI research in computer vision, machine learning, soft-object manipulation and intuitive human-robot interaction to solve major agricultural challenges.


“Researchers at the University of Illinois are addressing some of the most complex and exciting challenges of our time,” Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) said. “I’m proud to see their work recognized, and I have no doubt that these institutions will drive discovery and innovation for decades to come.”

The funding comes from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Each of the new institutes will receive about $20 million over five years.