Centers and Facilities

Business schools open new research centers and learning facilities.

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Missouri in Columbia a US$5.2 million grant over five years to establish the Advancing Research and its Impact on Society (ARIS) Center. The center will work with scientists to help them demonstrate the impact of their research in their communities and society. Partners for the new ARIS Center include Brown University, Duke University, Iowa State, Madison Area Technical College, Michigan State, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Oregon State, Rutgers University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Singapore’s National Research Foundation and Infocomm Media Development Authority have awarded a S$4.5 million (approximately US$3.27 million) research grant to Singapore Management University. SMU has used these funds to establish the Centre for AI and Data Governance. The center will support the work of the school’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data, established in June 2018. Housed within the SMU School of Law, the center will offer seminars, deliver education, and conduct research projects in three subject areas: AI and society, AI and industry, and AI and commercialization. It will link faculty expertise across SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Information Systems, and School of Social Sciences, as well as work with business and government agencies.

Rice University in Houston, Texas, has opened a data science lab where students will work with companies, academic labs, government agencies, and nonprofits to translate their data into actionable ideas. The Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge (D2K Lab) is supported by a US$4 million gift from Rice alumnus Kevin Harvey and his wife, Catherine. The lab will provide courses and events that link students with organizations that need help interpreting their data.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing has opened the CRYSTAL (Cryptocurrency Strategy, Techniques, and Algorithms) Centre, a lab and think tank dedicated to exploring blockchain technology. Scholars at the CRYSTAL Centre will conduct research on topics such as verification and testing techniques, privacy, cryptocurrency trading, and peer-to-peer network designs. The center has partnered with Dekrypt Capital, Blockchain at Berkeley at the University of California Berkeley, and Blockchain at NTU at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.