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Milan accelerates on artificial intelligence – Il Sole 24 ORE

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“Today – explains the rector of Bocconi Gianmario Verona – economic sciences and social sciences are called to a continuous and reciprocal exchange with artificial intelligence, in order to analyze scenarios that are increasingly complex and produce knowledge that has a positive impact. on society. The multidisciplinary approach and collaboration between the Milanese universities therefore becomes fundamental for the development of knowledge in this area and to give Milan a leading role at European level. If it is true that important stimuli for the development of economic sciences come from AI, in the same way these give a strong impetus to the technological development of AI and machine learning. At Bocconi University this dialogue is at the center of specific initiatives both on the training front, such as the Bachelor in Mathematical and Computing Sciences for Artificial Intelligence, and on the research front, with the study of deep learning algorithms, of natural language processing. , of the connection between machine learning and computational neuroscience, of algorithmic game theory, of the use of cryptography in automatic learning processes and of the ethical aspects of AI and machine learning “.

«Milan is once again investing in the future – comments the director of Milano-Bicocca, Giovanna Iannantuoni. The evolution of Artificial Intelligence has made it possible to define effective solutions to complex problems in various fields, from marketing to medicine. Creating a center of excellence for research and training in artificial intelligence and machine learning means being ready to accept the challenge of scientific development at European level. Milano-Bicocca has already promoted joint initiatives with other Lombard universities on the subject of AI; the bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence is a study course carried out together with the University of Milan and the University of Pavia, with which two master’s degree programs in AI are being planned. Regarding AI research, Milano-Bicocca is active on various topics, such as the analysis and understanding of natural language, computational biology and medicine, image analysis, and the definition of innovative approaches related to to neuro-symbolic AI “.

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“As a ‘generalist’ university that ranges from scientific-technological and biomedical areas to socio-economic, legal and humanistic areas – declares Maria Pia Abbracchio, Deputy Rector with responsibility for Research and Innovation of the University of Milan – the University has already found itself in privileged condition to accept the challenge of artificial intelligence, by definition transversal to all disciplines. Starting with the foundation, in 2019, of the Joint Lab for Embodied Artificial Intelligence at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, and continuing in 2021 with the opening, together with two Lombard universities, of the first degree course in Artificial Intelligence. The university is now ready to accept the challenge of ELLIS, and proud, thanks to prof. Nicolò Cesa Bianchi who will direct the unit for the first year, to be immediately at the forefront to fully exploit the great wealth generated by the analysis of big data and their application to the health of the environment and of mankind ».

«The centrality of issues related to artificial intelligence and machine learning, the uses and repercussions on the economic and social front – comments the rector of the Polytechnic, Ferruccio Resta – give technical-scientific universities a great responsibility. Technological development is anything but neutral: it is a complex process, as well represented by the four lines of research that we have decided to trace: interaction with the environment; neural networks and deep learning; the medicine; the language. It must therefore be anticipated, managed and shared. Combining the best academic resources and making Milan a pole of excellence is a duty we have towards the development and growth not only of our city, but of the country and the university system, increasingly called to operate according to a logic of interaction. and exchange. An appeal to which the Politecnico di Milano adheres in a virtuous collaboration relationship with the other universities. A winning model to aim for in a European key ».

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Four proponents and scientific coordinators of the Unit, one for each University, who will direct the unit in rotation: Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi (Full Professor of Computer Science, State University of Milan, who will lead the group as director for the first year) , Nicola Gatti (Associate Professor of Computer Engineering, Milan Polytechnic), Gabriella Pasi (Full Professor of Computer Science, University of Milan-Bicocca University of Milan Bicocca) and Riccardo Zecchina (Full Professor of Theoretical Physics, Bocconi University).

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