The U.S. Army is partnering up with Howard University as they continue to assist the Department of Defense (DoD) guide its research in developing its $7.5 million center of excellence meant to deliver AI technologies.

“This center of excellence is a big win for the Army and DOD on many fronts,” said Army senior research scientist for intelligent systems Dr. Brian Sadler, who is managing this partnership for DoD. “The research is directly aligned with Army priorities and will address pressing problems in both developing and applying AI tools and techniques in several key applications.”

According to a release, the Howard University Center of Excellence in AI and Machine Learning— managed by the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Army Research Laboratory— intends to “explore vital civilian applications and multi-domain military operations” in three key areas:

  1. Key AI applications for DoD;
  2. Technological foundation for trustworthy AI technologies; and
  3. Infrastructure for AI R&D.

Further, the infrastructure plans are to “include fellowships and scholarships for science, technology, engineering, and math graduate students and early-career research faculty at the laboratory.”

“Diversity of science and diversity of the future S&T talent base go hand-in-hand in this new and exciting partnership,” Dr. Sadler said.

The center will be led by Howard University’s Prof. Danda Rawat—a professor of computer science and director of Howard’s Data Science & Cybersecurity Center—with work beginning in mid-November with a kickoff meeting.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.