AI Research Initiative


AIR students and faculty standing on Cummington Mall

The Artificial Intelligence Research (AIR) initiative at BU is a cross-disciplinary research initiative focused on machine intelligence. It brings together researchers whose work aims to create intelligent systems that reliably make decisions, reason about data, and communicate with humans. The primary research focus is on new computational models aimed at general artificial intelligence, i.e. agents that exhibit the skills and learning capacity close to human ability. The initiative crosses the boundaries of computer vision, natural language processing, machine learning, robotics, and human-computer interaction research and promotes AI education at Boston University.
AIR meetings occur weekly at the Hariri Institute for Computing. Research talks include Ph.D. student presentations on ongoing or published work, local guests from the greater Boston area, and distinguished speakers from other universities and industry partners. Please refer to the AIR calendar for upcoming dates and talk information.


AI research is conducted by the initiative’s core and affiliated faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students whom they support. Specialized focus on different areas of AI is managed and conducted by affiliated research labs associated with AIR. As the initiative’s contributors reach various milestones in their work, links to publications, presentations, and media coverage will be available here as well as any new labs.



Speakers at AIR events have included many different individuals with different backgrounds and levels of academic and professional accomplishments. Seminar topics include computer vision, natural language processing, machine learning, robotics, and human-computer interaction. To receive emails of upcoming AIR Seminars, join the google group, air_seminar_public, by jumping to this link with your BU google account and click ‘Ask to join group’.

Event Calendar

Past Events

For recordings of past AIR events, please click here to visit our Event Archive.