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The University of South Carolina has created a new artificial intelligence institute to involve applications in fields such as health care, education, social sciences, communications and manufacturing.

The AI Institute will help develop the ethics and policies necessary for AI solutions, according to a news release from the university. It will be housed in the College of Engineering and Computing before relocating to a 20,000-square-foot space to be renovated on Greene Street.

Pioneering AI researcher and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Amit Sheth will lead the university’s effort.

Sheth recently joined the university’s College of Engineering and Computing. Sheth started work in the 1980s on federated databases, which led to modern approaches for integrating information.

Several new faculty members are expected to join the AI Institute this fall.

In addition to the scientific and practical applications of AI, the institute plans to engage ethicists, public policy experts and lawyers to explore the societal effect of AI technology.

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