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The Private AI Collaborative Research Institute

The Private AI Collaborative Research Institute was originally established by Intel’s University Research & Collaboration Office, which then invited Avast, a global leader in digital security and privacy products, and Borsetta, an AI software-defined secure compute hardware company, to collaborate on the institute.

 

Need for Decentralized Analytics at the Edge

Industry is trending toward intelligent edge systems. Algorithms such as neural networks and distributed ledgers are gaining traction at the edge on the device level without reliance on cloud infrastructure. To be effective, this requires huge amounts of data that is often sensed at the edge, such as vehicle routing, industrial monitoring, security threat monitoring, or search term predictions.

However, training for AI models is centralized with large amounts of data pooled in the data center of a trusted provider. To perform classification, the resulting model is then distributed to the edge. In many cases, today’s centralized approach is limiting performance. For example, health data is siloed and cannot be used for centralized training due to privacy and regulatory constraints. Autonomous cars generate terabytes of traffic data where bandwidth prevents centralized training. Personal computers and phones in billions of homes generate vast amounts of data daily, which cannot be uploaded due to privacy concerns.

Research at the Private AI Collaborative Research Institute will address secure, trusted, and decentralized analytics, and compute at the edge. By decentralizing AI, the institute plans to liberate data from silos, protect privacy and security, and maintain efficiency.​

Principal investigators​

Technical University of Darmstadt

Principal Investigator and Academic Coordinator:
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi


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Intel

Principal Engineer:
Rosario Cammarota


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Intel

Chief Technologist:
Matthias Schunter


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Avast

Staff Scientist, AI:
Fabrizio Biondi


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Avast

AI Research Director:
Petr Somol


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Carnegie Mellon University

Principal Investigator:
Virginia Smith


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National University of Singapure

Principal Investigator:
Reza Shokri

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Technical University of Darmstadt

Principal Investigator:
Thomas Schneider

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Université Catholique de Louvain

Principal Investigators:
Axel Legay and Thomas Given-Wilson

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University of California
San Diego

Principal Investigator:
Farinaz Koushanfar
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University of Southern California

Principal Investigator:
Salman Avastimehr

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University of Southern California

Principal Investigator:
Murali Annavaram

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University of Toronto

Principal Investigator:
Nicolas Papernot


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UofT

University of Waterloo

Principal Investigator:
N. Asokan


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University of Waterloo

Principal Investigator:
Florian Kerschbaum


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University of Wuerzburg

Principal Investigator:
Alexandra Dmitrienko


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