The AI Institute for Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure with Computational Learning in the Environment, or ICICLE, will build the next generation of cyberinfrastructure to make AI easier for scientists to use. It will also democratize AI by making it accessible on many devices and easy for non-experts to use.
Project researchers plan to create a robust, transparent national cyberinfrastructure that is applied to areas of societal importance, such as food systems, precision agriculture and animal ecology.
Three researchers from the Luddy School’s Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering will help ICICLE investigate ways in which AI can enhance the cyberinfrastructure that underpins national- and campus-level research infrastructure. McRobbie Bicentennial Professor of Computer Engineering Beth Plale, a co-project investigator and executive director of the IU Pervasive Technology Institute, and assistant professors Ariful Azad and Prateek Sharma will research approaches to improve the trustworthiness of AI, and develop new AI models and computational primitives that make cyberinfrastructure for AI run smarter and faster.
IU will also play a leadership role in the workforce development and Broadening Participation in Computing activities of the ICICLE project. In a collaboration involving Plale from the Luddy School and Maureen Biggers from the IU Center of Excellence for Women and Technology, IU will establish a stakeholder committee to strengthen the commitment and shared vision in broadening participation. The committee will increase competency in linking machine-learning fairness with human unconscious bias in educational modules, while increasing awareness of how to best foster and maintain inclusive and equitable environments.
“The workforce development collaboration between the Luddy School and IU CEWIT will allow the project to develop synergistically with Luddy’s AI initiative and the CEWIT AI For All initiative, and thus laying groundwork for greater impact by this NSF-funded activity on the IU campus,” Plale said.
– Edited from an Indiana University press release by CFE Media.