UA wins .3 million to study artificial intelligence through jazz playing robot

By Bailey Bellavance | Published 1 hour agoA jazz-playing robot has jump-started the new UA School of Information. Kelland Thomas, professor and associate director of the iSchool, has just started a research project which aims to test artificial intelligence in the form of a jazz-playing robot. The five year project, dubbed Music Improvising Collaborative Agent, or MUSICA, has just been funded by a $2.3 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. MUSICA aims to create artificial intelligence that has the capability to collaborate with humans in real time. Thomas, who used to teach for the UA School of Music wanted to combine two of his expertise into one. “This project did really kind of combine two areas of my intellectual passions, it involves artificial intelligence and machine learning,…


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