The core mission of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) is to achieve scientific breakthroughs by constructing AI systems with reasoning, learning and reading capabilities.
We are working to realize the vision of a "Digital Aristotle" – AI software that utilizes large amounts of knowledge in machine-understandable form to answer questions, explain those answers, and discuss those answers with users.
AI2 will include four key, interlinked elements:
- World-class research and development;
- Creation of data and resources for the community;
- Activities to energize the wider community and help foster breakthroughs;
- Support for critical but under-explored research
CURRENT AND PLANNED PROGRAMS
Project Aristo is a major, new initiative towards building knowledgeable machines, focused on semi-automatic knowledge-base construction, natural language processing, large-scale machine reasoning, and question answering. The research goals are to develop techniques for rapidly accumulating knowledge, in particular using "machine reading" techniques over text, and to develop the corresponding technologies for reasoning effectively and explainably with that knowledge.
Engineering and Open Source
AI2 will launch several "incubator" projects with a strong engineering focus, with the goal of creating high-quality AI products (tools, apps, resources) that will feed into AI2's main projects and the broader community. One such project will be a new Open Source initiative, designed to create a robust "scaffolding for AI" by connecting, extending, and streamlining the use of existing and new AI tools.
AI2 plans several community activities to spur technology development, including a student innovators competition, a summer mentoring program for top students, and design workshops for exploring future directions in the field, potentially feeding into AI2's longer-range plans.
Support for External, Critical Research
In addition to its internal activities, AI2 will play a key role in promoting critical, external research from visionary researchers that would otherwise not be conducted, and that AI2 considers central to its mission.
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We are looking for talented individuals to join our team and contribute to AI2's vision. This is an opportunity to be in on the ground floor of a new organization, conduct long-range, groundbreaking research, and work with world-class individuals to have a major impact on the field. We are particularly interested in energetic, inspired researchers with skills in one or more of the following areas: natural language processing; textual entailment; question answering; automatic knowledge-base construction; machine reasoning; knowledge representation; machine learning; semantics; explanation. We are also strongly interested in individuals with world-class software engineering skills looking for a new and exciting challenge.