California Institute of Technology and Technology Innovation Institute announce major collaboration.
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Technology Innovation Institute (TII) announced today a global strategic partnership that will collaborate on the most important research areas.
The three-year, multi-million dollar partnership is a full exchange of researchers, enabling both parties to conduct inter-disciplinary research in the fields of autonomous systems quantum algorithms as well as low precision AI biotechnology, propulsion systems. This partnership is also expected to be focused on sustainable technology to help reduce environmental hazards.
The cooperation on autonomous systems subjects brings together the knowledge of the TII’s Autonomous Robotics Research Center (ARRC) and Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST). The team together will push the boundaries of autonomous systems, advanced control systems and drones with high-speed speeds.
The entire research project that is part of the collaboration is driven by the real world scenarios, focusing on solving the problems of the future, now. The Quantum team will focus on the creation and optimization of encoders of quantum algorithms and quantum neural networks and the research on artificial intelligence will concentrate on low precision AI.
The upcoming topic of creating new neural networks for edge devices that have energy constraints. Biotech will focus on the development of strategies for treating cancer, and the experts in propulsion collaborate in emission reduction systems.
One of the most important aspects of this partnership is the training and growth of young researchers at the beginning stages at the beginning of their professional careers.
Starting from Masters students up to Ph.D. graduates the partnership will provide many opportunities to exchange ideas and improve their skills for future researchers as they learn from the top researchers in their fields.
“Since the launch of CAST in the year 2017, we’ve been pushing the boundaries of research into autonomous systems. With this collaboration with TII and TII, we’re poised to push the boundaries higher,” says Caltech’s Mory Gharib (PhD 1983) who is the Booth-Kresa Leadership Chair for CAST as well as the Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Medical Engineering, and also the head of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCiT).
The partnership was conceived by the Caltech’s Anima Anandkumar and the Dr. Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and the TII’s Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Chief Researcher at the Cryptography Research Center and Acting Chief Researcher at the Autonomous Robotics Research Center.
Anandkumar and Aaraj first realized the possibility of collaboration across many fields of engineering and science between the two institutes using AI as well as autonomous technology as the primary goal.
Professor. Ray O. Johnson, CEO, Technology Innovation Institute, said: “This partnership is a testimony to the amazing work TII has achieved over the last two years. Caltech is among the most highly regarded universities around the globe, and we’re delighted to work with them on this important research.”
“Caltech is a global leader in its constant determination to be the best and world-class research. This philosophy is one we’ve adopted at TII and I’m eager to see what the collaboration can bring to the table,” he continued.
The Caltech announcement expands the global research partnership of TII to a total of more than 96 agreements within two years.
With over 600 researchers within its network of 70 nations, including the 144 UAE citizens, The Abu Dhabi-based institute is on the right track to creating an innovative research and development environment in the country and making the UAE in the forefront of research.