UF to House the First NSF Center on Deep Learning

After over two years of development, across academic institutions and industry partners, the NSF Center for Big Learning (CBL) has been officially awarded, creating the first NSF center on deep learning. Launched as an NSF Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), the CBL Center will be housed on the fourth floor of the New Engineering Building (NEB).


The vision of the CBL is to create intelligence towards intelligence-powered society.

The mission of the CBL is to explore and pioneer research frontiers in emerging large-scale deep learning for a broad spectrum of big data applications, design novel intelligent platforms to enable big learning research and applications, transfer research discoveries to meet urgent needs in industry with our diverse center members, and nurture our next generation talents in a mixed academic and industry setting with real-world relevance and significance via the industry-university consortium.

Deep Learning is the key technology behind the recent renaissance of artificial intelligence (AI) and is broadly used in numerous AI products and disciplines. AI is becoming the new electricity, expected to transform every industry and every aspect of our life and empower our society as electricity did a century ago.

The CBL consortium consists of four academic sites across the country and more than 50 industry partners. The academic sites consist of: the University of Florida, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Oregon. Industry partners include such industry heavy hitters as Google, Harris, IBM, NVIDIA, and Tencent.

The kickoff meeting and a series of meetings and seminars on DL and AI are planned for the future. Stay tuned for progress reports.

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