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SUNY Inspire to Advance NY’s AI Capability


Further steps are being taken to secure New York’s place at the forefront of artificial intelligence research. Governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the new SUNY INSPIRE Center will scale AI research and scholarship to advance the public good. In addition, select SUNY campuses will create Departments of AI and Society to spur innovation and improve lives. SUNY will also create a new generative AI chatbot program that can be tailored for coursework, research, and student projects. Just weeks after securing $275 million in the FY 2025 budget for Empire AI, these programs will be among the first steps to bring the power of AI to SUNY students, promote responsible research and development, and advance AI for the public good.

In partnership with the State University of New York and building on the work of SUNY’s Artificial Intelligence Task Force, Governor Hochul announced:

  • Launch of SUNY INSPIRE Center. The Innovative Network for SUNY’s Pioneering AI Research and Excellence Center will allow SUNY to scale AI research and scholarship that advances the public good, attract federal research funding for students and faculty, and leverage Empire AI across SUNY’s four University Centers: University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, and Stony Brook University.
  • Creation of Departments and Centers of AI and Society across select SUNY campuses. The Departments and Centers will increase community involvement in AI, address the ethical considerations of the development and evolution of the use of AI in society, and advance research and innovation to harness the power of data responsibly.
  • AI research internships for SUNY students. SUNY is dedicating 45 paid summer research internships to projects focused on the use of AI for the public good through the Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund.
  • New chatbot program will make SUNY the largest AI Large Language Model-enabled education system in the world. Chatbots will enable students to develop projects, learn from faculty and their peers and interact with customized AI-based tutors tailored to provide anytime/anywhere assistance. By training these models entirely on SUNY-specific data, issues of privacy, security, and educational integrity can be maintained. SUNY will also continue to implement strong rules and standards to prevent plagiarism and ensure academic excellence.

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