Duke University opens AI institute for edge computing

Duke University, NC
Duke University opens AI institute for edge computing
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Duke University has begun showcasing proposed research at its AI Institute for Edge Computing Leveraging Next Generation Networks, or “Athena”.

The new centre at the North Carolina university was first announced in August 2021 alongside a five-year $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security.

Led by Duke professor of electrical and computer engineering Yiran Chen, Athena will leverage AI and edge computing technologies and next-generation networked systems in its journey to reimagine mobile devices.

Duke University provost Sally Kornbluth said: “AI has truly been a driving force in many modern innovations, spanning materials, medicine, health care and finance. Devices are now linked to mission-critical services, and the edge computing powered by AI offers tremendous opportunities not only in research and education, but in many industrial sectors and entrepreneurship.”

Athena’s research is planned to comprise of four key “thrust areas”: networking, computer systems, AI, and services and applications.

The edge research centre plans to be a hub for collaboration with fellow higher education institutions. Researchers from MIT, NC A&T, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, and Yale all gave presentations on project proposals at a kick-off event in November.

Interim Dean of Duke Engineering Jeffrey Glass commented: “The partnerships that have been created for Athena are spectacular and will enable transformational advances that are significantly greater than the sum of individual investigations. It’s a real honour for Duke Engineering to be leading this exciting effort, and we appreciate the trust that’s been put in us by NSF, DHS and our collaborators.”

The new institution at Duke is just one of the eleven new AI research institutes announced by the National Science Foundation back in August.

Apart from Athena, the AI Institute for Future Edge Networks and Distributed Intelligence at Ohio State University is the other centre which will have a focus on edge applications.

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