Denver, Colorado – December 4, 2020 – Borsetta, an AI edge security leader in connecting the physical world to the digital silicon world, Avast a global leader in digital security and privacy products, today announced that they are joining Intel to launch the Private AI Collaborative Research Institute. The new collaboration has the sole purpose of advancing and developing technologies that strengthen privacy and trust for decentralized AI.
The Private AI Institute was initially established by Intel’s University Research & Collaboration Office (URC), which then expanded the Institute’s collaborative potential by inviting Borsetta, and Avast to join forces. Together, the parties issued a call for research proposals earlier this year and selected the first nine research projects to be supported by the Private AI Collaborative Research Institute at eight universities:
Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.
University of California, San Diego, U.S.
University of Southern California, U.S.
University of Toronto, Canada
University of Waterloo, Canada
Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
National University of Singapore
The Private AI Collaborative Research Institute will encourage and support fundamental research that will solve such real-world challenges for society and be dedicated to taking an ethical approach to AI development. By decentralizing AI and moving AI analytics to the network edge, the companies aim to liberate data from silos, protect privacy and security, and maintain efficiency.
The Private AI Collaborative Research Institute will aim to overcome many challenges faced by industries and societies today. The importance of real-time processing at the edge is driving the deployment of AI-infused chips and sensors to support our lives and businesses of the future. For these initiatives to come to fruition, intense, real-time data processing must occur at the edge of the network rather than in a traditional data center. While today’s federated AI can access data at the edge, it cannot simultaneously guarantee the accuracy, privacy, and security. Processing data at the edge allows the AI model to make the instant inferences required for real-time applications. AI algorithms are processed locally on a hardware device that drives the emergence of a decentralized AI market and the need to usher in privacy-preserving services to the market.
As billions of devices and smartphones get embedded AI chips and significant computing power is deployed, Decentralized Federated AI learning applications and services will grow, and this paradigm shift provides an exciting opportunity to democratize AI. It also opens up new avenues for adopting new tools, and most importantly, a new way of thinking about solving large-scale ML problems. The Private AI Collaborative Research Institute is focused on cutting-edge research and open source development solutions for privacy-preserving AI: Decentralized Federated Learning, Differential Privacy, and Encrypted Computation.
Borsetta has joined the Private AI Collaborative Research Institute because of their strong belief in driving a privacy-preserving framework to support their future hyperconnected world empowered by AI. Pamela Norton, CEO of Borsetta, stated, “the mission of the Private AI Collaborative Institute is aligned with our vision for future proof security where data is provably protected with edge computing services that can be trusted. Trust will be the currency of the future, and we need to design AI embedded edge systems with trust, transparency, and security while advancing the privacy-preserving human-driven values they should reflect.”
Richard Uhlig, Intel Senior Fellow, Vice President and Director of Intel Labs, said: “AI will continue to have a transformational impact on many industries, and is poised to become a life-changing force in healthcare, automotive, cybersecurity, financial and technology industries. That said, research into responsible, secure, and private AI is crucial for its true potential to be realized. The Private AI Collaborative Research Institute will be committed to advancing technologies using ethical principles that put people first and keep individuals safe and secure. We invited Avast, Borsetta, and Elisa to join us on our mission to identify the true impact of AI on the world around us. We are excited to have them on board to mitigate potential downsides and dangers of AI.”
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