UMass Amherst’s Center for Data Science Receives $5.5 Million Grant

NEC member The University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a $5.5 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), led by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to fund the Computable Knowledge project.

The project intends to use learning algorithms to analyze millions of research papers and identify relationships between experiments, concepts, and processes, allowing academic researchers to easily explore new topics. The grant will support graduate and doctoral students at the Center for Data Science and will also allow the University to hire software engineers to assist in the project’s development. The UMass team will be assisted by developers at CZI working on a similar project. In 2017, the CZI acquired Meta, a startup working towards a searchable database of biomedical research.

Of Meta’s founder, Sam Molyneux, UMass Amherst machine learning professor Andrew McCallum said, “I felt like I had met a scientific soul mate. We just shared so many of the same goals for using artificial intelligence and machine learning for revolutionizing science. So I just knew that I wanted to work with them.”

The New England Council congratulates UMass Amherst on receiving this grant and commends its dedication to streamlining research. Read more in the Boston Business Journal.

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