Norwich to Establish AI, Machine Learning and Quantum Computing Center

Norwich University will receive $4 million in federal funding to create an artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and quantum computing academic and experiential learning center.

The center will develop education and training programs directed at undergraduates and engage mid-career professionals with up-skilling and continuing education.

In a news release, US Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that funding for the center was included in a $167 million spending proposal for projects across the state of Vermont as part of the 2022 omnibus appropriations bill. This funding continues Leahy’s long-standing support of cybersecurity education programs and research at Norwich University.

“Learning how to harness the power of advanced computing, such as AI, machine learning, and quantum computing, is a defining challenge of our time,” Leahy said. “Vermonters have always been committed to pushing boundaries while maintaining a focus on helping other people. I am confident that Norwich University’s new Center will lead the nation in developing the leaders to make the most of this technological revolution for the benefit of people everywhere.”

Norwich is now on the front lines of producing AI and quantum computing leadership and talent

In March 2021, The National Security Commission of Artificial Intelligence issued its final report to the President and Congress. In this report, Commission members highlighted areas where immediate action is necessary to defend, compete and win in the AI era. With the creation of this center, Norwich is now positioned to act on the Commission’s recommendations by contributing to the nation’s defense by producing leaders and innovators for the public and private sectors in AI, machine learning and quantum computing fields.

Cyber, AI, ML, and Quantum Computing talent pipeline

For over two decades, Norwich University has been a leader in producing cyber talent. Now, Norwich will apply its experiential education model to AI education and extend the latest innovations developed at the center into the community.

Extending this experiential learning practice, Norwich University students will engage with existing and emerging businesses to apply advanced computing solutions to problems and opportunities. Once created, this multifaceted center will utilize quantum computing’s unique problem-solving power, harnessing the latest advancements in AI while supporting small businesses and integrating machine-learning applications.

“Norwich will build upon its historical tradition of experiential education to engage students and faculty with the emerging technology of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum computing concepts,” Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Phil Susmann said. “As Norwich builds the next generation of military and civilian leaders, understanding cutting-edge tech and concepts will be essential for their success. We are truly grateful for Senator Leahy’s confidence and support to bring these opportunities to Norwich and central Vermont.”

The funds for developing this program will be directed at hiring faculty, attracting students, scholarship funding, outreach to underserved populations, midcareer professionals, career-switchers, and extending the program into the local community through upskilling opportunities for local businesses. Experiential learning opportunities will be met through partnering students with local businesses and the government to research and implement advanced solutions.

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