Microsoft along with and US universities launch Digital Transformation Institute to fight COVID-19

Microsoft along with software company and several US universities have launched the Digital Transformation Institute (DTI) to accelerate the use of Artificial Intelligence for businesses, governments and the society. One of the immediate objectives of this alliance will be to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic by applying machine learning and AI methods.

Several top US universities are a part of this alliance. These include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, the University of Chicago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at UIUC.  

The DTI as invited proposals from researchers and scholars for using AI techniques to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The first call for proposals is open with a deadline of 1st May 2020. Upto $ 5.8 million in awards will be funded from this first call. The recepients will get access to unlimited use of the C3 AI suite and access to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and also access to the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Super Computing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC.

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