NASA awarded Cal State Northridge a three-year, $3 million grant to establish a research center to study artificial intelligence systems, from autopilots to advanced systems able to adapt and evolve, it was announced Tuesday.
The grant will fund the creation of the NASA Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM -- Science, Technology and engineering, Entrepreneurship, Arts, Humanities and Mathematics -- at CSUN. The center will serve as a base for faculty from six of the university's colleges studying various aspects of increasingly autonomous systems from their creation and the extent of their capabilities to such legal and societal concerns such as individual rights and privacy, according to CSUN.
"Approaching research from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective deepens and extends the positive impact of hands-on, cutting-edge research across the university," CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison said.
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"This grant enables us to offer even more opportunities to students, positioning CSUN faculty and our graduates to be thought-leaders in this emerging field, adept at collaborative innovation and prepared to thrive as leaders in the workforce of tomorrow."
The grant was awarded by NASA's MIRO -- Minority University Research and Education Project Institutional Research Opportunity -- program, which this summer awarded more than $8.2 million to eight universities across the country to perform research and education around the space agency's four mission directorates -- aeronautics research, human exploration and space operations, science, and space technology.