Northeastern names Usama Fayyad to steer Institute of Experiential Artificial Intelligence

Usama Fayyad, a longtime chief in information science and AI, might be becoming a member of Northeastern because the inaugural govt director for the Institute of Experiential Artificial Intelligence.

Usama Fayyad because the inaugural Executive Director for the Institute of Experiential Artificial Intelligence. Photo courtesy Usama Fayyad

“Usama will work with senior leadership to create a pioneering research hub that places human skills and intelligence at the forefront of artificial intelligence development, from the earliest design steps to final implementation,” wrote David Madigan, provost and senior vp for tutorial affairs, in a letter welcoming Fayyad to the college.

Launched a year ago a yr in the past, the institute is university-wide in scope however will work particularly carefully with the Roux Institute in Portland, Maine.

The Institute of Experiential Artificial Intelligence focuses on application-driven, human-centered AI, says Carla Brodley, dean of the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, has championed the institute primarily based on his perception that “the true promise of AI lies not in its ability to replace humans, but to optimize what humans do best.”

Fayyad, whose work has been advancing AI for 3 many years, believes within the institute’s mission in addition to its alternative to turn out to be a world chief.

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

“I used to call it ‘pragmatic AI’ and ‘hybrid AI,’ but I think ‘experiential AI’ is a better term for it—which is AI with humans in the loop,” says Fayyad, whose management of the institute will begin “Northeastern is committed to building the top research institute in the world when it comes to experiential AI. One of the reasons I’m excited about that is because no one has yet claimed the space. There is a chance to be number one [in the field].”

Since 2008, Fayyad has been main Open Insights, an organization that he based close to Seattle that deploys data-driven options to develop income from information belongings. 

Prior to that, he was co-founder and chief technical officer of OODA Health, a enterprise capital-funded firm. He served as international chief information officer and group managing director at Barclays Bank in London, after having been appointed govt chairman of Oasis 500. He has been chairman and chief govt of a number of startups, together with Blue Kangaroo Corp., DMX Group, and digiMine Inc. 

When one among Fayyad’s startups was acquired by Yahoo! In 2004, he turned the primary individual recognized to carry the title of chief information officer; there at the moment are 1000’s of chief information officers at firms world wide. He based Yahoo! Research Labs and constructed Yahoo!’s Strategic Data Solutions group.

Fayyad has served in management positions at Microsoft, and he based the Machine Learning Systems group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the place his work on machine studying earned him the highest Excellence in Research award from Caltech, and a U.S. Government medal from NASA.

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Fayyad holds greater than 30 patents and has printed greater than 100 technical articles on information mining, information science, AI and machine studying, and databases. He has edited two influential books on information mining/information science and served as Founding Editor-in-Chief on two key business journals.

He is co-founder of KDD—the biggest worldwide information science convention—and SIGKDD, the Association for Computing Machinery’s particular curiosity group on information discovery and information mining.

“I have known and respected Usama for three decades, and he is literally perfect for this position,” says Brodley. “We had an amazing slate of candidates, and he just really fit the bill with both his research experience and his entrepreneurship. He is going to be building experiential AI across the entire Northeastern network.”

Fayyad says he’s wanting ahead to attending to know the Northeastern neighborhood with a purpose to develop interdisciplinary partnerships that may assist the institute confront most of the points which can be hindering experiential AI.

“This is a continued evolution of a path I’ve been on all of my professional life,” Fayyad says. “The first order of enterprise is mapping out the strengths of the college; and mapping out the market weaknesses of what’s lacking and the place are the true alternatives in experiential AI; after which determining the way to leverage our strengths and sources that we’ll have on the institute with a purpose to tackle these areas with a most affect. That provides you the power to take the lead in sure areas which can be in excessive demand, and it provides you the power to draw the perfect minds to hitch within the journey since you are addressing issues that most of the different nice analysis establishments are usually not engaged on.

“That’s how I normally like to do it, because you can add value and achieve distinction very quickly.”

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