Alelo’s CEO Works With a Multidisciplinary Team at UMass Amherst To Influence National Science Foundation Funding for AI in Education

UMass Amherst received a grant from the U.S National Science Foundation (NSF) to hold a workshop October 19-25 that explores how artificial intelligence can be rapidly deployed in education within 3 years. The workshop brings together academic, commercial, and government experts to ideate and propose projects that would be funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Alelo CEO Lewis Johnson PhD was invited to ideate and propose project topics in two of the five areas, or sub-tracks, selected for consideration. To participate, Johnson and other sub-track experts will present a Keynote Address followed by Q&A to the multidisciplinary team at the workshop. Each will also submit a 5-page rationale document for proposed projects along with a project abstract. Follow-up sessions will evaluate all proposed ideas and a final report will be developed.

If through the workshop, the multidisciplinary team can demonstrate that they are prepared to address compelling needs in education with technology and know-how, then a funding track will be created through the NSF-supported Convergence Accelerator program.

“This is a unique opportunity for Alelo,” said Johnson. “If a Convergence Accelerator funding track is created, Alelo will be ready to participate.” Johnson will present his workshop Keynote Addresses on October 19th and October 25th. 

Launched in 2019, the Convergence Accelerator — a Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, or TIP, program — builds upon the NSF’s investment in basic research and discovery to accelerate solutions toward societal and economic impact. Convergence Accelerator multidisciplinary teams use convergence research fundamentals and innovation processes to stimulate innovative idea sharing and development of sustainable solutions. Past Convergence Accelerator projects have received investments of more than $50M.

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