The New Science of Digital Transformation

The Digital Transformation Institute is a research consortium dedicated to accelerating the benefits of artificial intelligence for business, government, and society. The Institute engages the world’s leading scientists to conduct research and train practitioners in the Science of Digital Transformation, which operates at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, internet of things, big data analytics, organizational behavior, public policy, and ethics. DTI was established in March 2020 by C3 AI, Microsoft Corporation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Princeton University, and University of Chicago. The Institute is jointly managed and hosted by University of California, Berkeley and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

24 Grantees Awarded for AI to Transform Cybersecurity and Secure Critical Infrastructure DTI Programs

Research Award Program

Research Award Program

Through a Call for Research Proposals process managed by University of California, Berkeley and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DTI annually awards grants to support research scientists affiliated with the DTI consortium.

In addition to the awards, DTI provides recipients with cloud computing, supercomputing, data, and software resources. This will include unlimited use of the C3 AI Suite and access to high-performance computing resources at NCSA and LBNL.

Multidisciplinary and multi-institution projects are favored. Recipients are encouraged to conduct breakthrough research and to pursue and establish larger research projects with federal and other funding sources.

Award recipients are expected to disseminate the results of their research during the award period, and all research results, methods, and algorithms, including algorithms and software, are made available in the public domain (non-exclusive royalty-free).

Visiting Professors & Research Scientists

Visiting Scholars Program DTI is providing $750,000 per year to both University of California, Berkeley and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to support six to 10 Visiting Scholars at their respective campuses. Visiting Scholars are distinguished professors and researchers from around the world, who will conduct collaborative research, teach, and publish works contributing to the new Science of Digital Transformation. DTI Visiting Scholars are encouraged to broaden the reach of the Institute by publishing substantive works that contribute to Digital Transformation Science. All research results, including methods, algorithms, and software, developed by DTI Visiting Scholars are made freely available in the public domain.

Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development DTI annually makes up to 10 competitive awards of up to $50,000 each to faculty at member institutions, to develop undergraduate and graduate level courses that teach Digital Transformation Science. Example course topics include AI and IoT techniques, cybersecurity, privacy, ethics, and robust machine learning. DTI Visiting Scholars are required to teach at least one course module (15-30 hours podium time) to be webcast to Consortium Partners and Industry Partners. Scholars are also expected to teach one Industry Short Course. Distance learning curricula (on platforms such as Coursera or edX) are encouraged.

Data Analytics Platform

Data Analytics Platform DTI hosts an elastic cloud, big data, development, and operating platform, including the C3 AI Suite running on Microsoft Azure, to support DTI research, curriculum development, and classwork. UC Berkeley and UIUC are providing additional scientific computing resources, including use of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Blue Waters supercomputer and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).

These resources are available to award recipients to conduct research on the development of AI machine learning algorithms, data security techniques, and cybersecurity methodologies. The Data Analytics Platform also serves as an instructional and research tool for Digital Transformation Science courses.

Educational Program

Outreach Program DTI develops and manages an Outreach Program that includes an annual symposium, annual report, newsletters, published research, and the DTI website. C3 AI provides up to $750,000 annually to support the DTI Outreach Program.

Industry Program

Industry Program DTI supports an Industry Partners program that enables leading companies from around the world to engage with DTI researchers and DTI activities. Industry Partners contribute $100,000 per year to support DTI’s operations and research, curriculum development, and education programs.

Industry Partners have the opportunity to contribute data sets that will be available for research after anonymization. Industry Partners are also encouraged to engage with Institute researchers and collaborate on research projects and participate in the annual DTI Conference and attend Industry Short Courses.