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Investigadores IMFD participan en creación de nuevo Centro de Investigación en IA: NAIR

Santiago, September 2021.- To contribute to transforming Chile into an artificial intelligence development pole in Latin America is one of the main objectives of the new National Center for Artificial Intelligence Research (NAIR), announced this Wednesday, September 8th.

NAIR is part of the Basal Centers of Excellence of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Knowledge (MinCyT) and will be directed by Álvaro Soto, from the Department of Computer Science of the Catholic University and researcher at the Millennium Institute Foundational Research on Data. NAIR will also integrate several IMFD researchers.

“We hope that NAIR will be an engine that enhances the capabilities of excellence that we have in the country in the artificial intelligence field. We aspire to become a common ground that allows scaling the efforts of the different centers and universities. In this way, we will be able to count with a national ecosystem for research, development and dissemination of AI, with connections with the main centers dedicated to AI at an international level ”, says Álvaro Soto, director of NAIR.

Meanwhile, Marcela Peña, alternate director of NAIR and academic of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neurosciences of the School of Psychology of the Catholic University of Chile, comes from the world of cognitive neurosciences and points out that one of the objectives of her research team is to apply artificial intelligence algorithms to better understand how the human brain and mind work. With these findings, they plan to collaborate in the design of AI-based interventions and technologies to promote mental health: “We want to identify the mechanisms that explain how the brain adapts to complex and challenging situations, how to overcome them and how finally, we can promote equal opportunities. We seek to explore the potential of AI approaches in the modeling of cognitive development, to benefit moods, learning, brain health, mind and behavior. We hope that this knowledge based on data will help people and nations (Chile) to promote permanent improvements in living conditions ”.

The new center will be structured in 5 lines of research:

Deep learning for vision and language
Denis Parra, and Álvaro Soto, Depto. Computer Science, Catholic University, IMFD
Its objective will be to explore both the potential and the limits of deep learning models, with a focus on vision and language. Also, to develop new theories about the learning mechanisms behind DL and its capabilities.

Neuro-symbolic artificial intelligence
Pablo Barceló, UC Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering, IMFD; and Leopoldo Bertossi, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, IMFD
It seeks to build bridges between deep learning and symbolic artificial intelligence, creating applications oriented to explainable, ethical and fair artificial intelligence.

Brain-Inspired Artificial Intelligence
Pedro Maldonado, University of Chile, and Marcela Peña, P. Catholic University of Chile
This line aims to bring together scientists from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence to take advantage of the knowledge of the anatomical and cognitive operations of biological brains, in order to enlighten AI research.

Physics-based machine learning
Paula Aguirre, Eduardo Cerpa, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering, Universidad Católica de Chile (IMC UC)
Mathematicians, physical scientists, and artificial intelligence researchers will seek to harness insights from the physical sciences to develop machine learning models based on causal relationships.

Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
Marcelo Mendoza, Federico Santa María Technical University, IMFD; and Bárbara Poblete, University of Chile, IMFD
Transparency, security, and fair use of technologies will be the focus of this line, as well as the methodologies to assess their impact. In this area, applications are being sought to avoid problems such as privacy intrusion, lack of security, and harmful biases, and to promote new tools for interpretable and explainable AI.

The new National Center for Artificial Intelligence Research brings together the following IMFD researchers:
Álvaro Soto, Department of Computer Science, Catholic University of Chile, IALab, IMFD.
Leopoldo Bertossi, Faculty of Engineering, Adolfo Ibáñez University, IMFD.
Bárbara Poblete, Department of Computer Science, University of Chile, IMFD.
Marcelo Mendoza, Department of Informatics, Federico Santa María University, IMFD.
Pablo Barceló, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile, IMFD.
Denis Parra, Department of Computer Science, Catholic University of Chile, IALab, IMFD.
Jorge Baier, Department of Computer Science, Catholic University of Chile, IMFD.
Jorge Pérez, Department of Computer Science, University of Chile, IMFD.
Hans Löbel, Dept. Computer Science, Universidad Católica de Chile, IMFD.

NAIR will also count with:
Marcela Peña, Apt. of Psychology, Catholic University of Chile.
Pedro Maldonado, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, BNI.
Domingo Mery, Department of Computer Science, Catholic University of Chile.
Christ Devia, Department. of Neurosciences of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, BNI.
Andrés Neyem, Department of Computer Science, Catholic University of Chile.
Carlos Hernández, Faculty of Engineering, Andrés Bello University.
Margarita Castro, Department of Industrial Engineering, Catholic University of Chile.
Paula Aguirre, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile.
Eduardo Cerpa, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile.
Manuel Sánchez, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile.
Pedro Saa, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile.
Carlos Pérez, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile.
Carlos Sing-Long, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile.
Mircea Petrache, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile.
Luis Cristóbal Rojas, Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering IMC, Catholic University of Chile.
Miguel Romero, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Adolfo Ibáñez University.
Adrián Soto, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Adolfo Ibáñez University.
Yamisleidy Salgueiro, Faculty of Engineering, University of Talca.
Claudia López, Computer Science Department, Federico Santa María University.
María Jara, Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University of Chile.
Cristobal Moenne, Department of Neurosciences of the Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University of Chile.
Pamela Guevara, Faculty of Engineering, University of Concepción.
Esteban Pino, Faculty of Engineering, University of Concepción.
Juan Carlos Herrera, Department of Transport and Logistics Engineering, Universidad Católica de Chile.
Karim Pichara, Department of Computer Science, Catholic University of Chile.

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