The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, alongside fellow consortium members of the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute (C3.ai DTI), gave $5.4 million across 26 different groups to support their COVID-19 research. The COVID-19 research areas for these groups range from computer science to economics to medicine.
Two of the six Berkeley-led projects are led by CCB core faculty, Jennifer Listgarten, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and another by Teresa Head-Gordon, Chancellor’s Professor of Bioengineering, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering. Both of the professors’ separate research interests focus on vaccine and drug discovery.
Teresa Head-Gordon, will use machine learning techniques inspired by physics to speed the discovery of small molecules that could bind and disable the SARS-CoV-2 virus, leading to future drugs to treat the disease.
Jennifer Listgarten will lead a project that will draw upon techniques such as reinforcement learning, robust uncertainty estimation and probabilistic modeling to develop new and trustworthy methods for therapeutic drug discovery for COVID-19.
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