The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and Intel Corporation inaugurated the Center for Artificial Intelligence on October 8. The new center will support research projects of Technion faculty members engaged in computational learning and artificial intelligence together with Intel researchers.

Natural language processing, deep learning and hardware optimization for different learning algorithms are among the areas of interest for applications in fields including healthcare, autonomous vehicles, smart environments and home and industrial robots.

“The Technion is the leading university in Israel in the field of artificial intelligence and is one of the top 10 universities in the world in the field,” said the center’s director, Prof. Shie Mannor from the Technion’s Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering. “The Technion has about 20 faculty members whose main field of research is computational learning and another 40 [researchers] are working in related fields.”

“I have no doubt that we will achieve breakthroughs that will lead to significant developments in the coming years. Intel has always maintained a close cooperation with Israeli academia,” said Intel Israel CEO Yaniv Garty.

In 2009, Intel awarded the Technion the “Intel Award” in recognition of Technion graduates who formed the founding nucleus of the company’s branch established in Haifa in 1974. Intel supports some Technion labs and funds many scholarships for Technion students, including outstanding students in electrical engineering and computer science.