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Artificial Intelligence Researchers Named Allen Distinguished Investigators

Top Researchers Receive Grants to Further Advance Early-Stage Research in the Field of Artificial Intelligence

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation named five groups of researchers working in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) as Allen Distinguished Investigators. The five projects were chosen for their potential to blaze the trail, move the needle, and otherwise change the future of AI research. Investigators Devi Parikh, Maneesh Agrawala, Jeffrey Heer, Sebastian Riedel, Ali Farhadi, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, and Luke Zettlemoyer were chosen based on their proposals’ ability to explore imaginative AI questions utilizing risky, novel approaches with the potential for revolutionary impact.

These awards were designed as a platform to advance areas of science through innovative research, and this year’s scientists have been awarded $5.7M of funding over three years. These 2014 ADI grants will benefit the advancement of AI research as the scientists explore new frontiers; teaching a computer everything from common sense to passing a high school science exam.

The  (ADI) Program seeks to fund a select group of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, ‘move the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions. The most promising proposals will incorporate novel, creative, and ambitious approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental sources.
The process and findings, while unique to the award winners, will complement the overarching research at the Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence (AI2) ( AI2 believes in collaborative and open sourced efforts that will benefit the entire scientific community for generations. 
"As part of this competitive grant program, these ADIs have the potential to advance the state of human knowledge and push the boundary of AI," wrote Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.