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Leveraging the world's most AI-capable supercomputer

Alps by the National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) is the world's first national research infrastructure with over 10'000 GPUs of the new NVIDIA Grace Hopper superchip.

infrastructure

A research initiative to build capacities for advanced and large-scale AI systems for the benefit of society.

The initiative is co-led by ETH Zurich and EPFL.

Overview of research activities

Phase 1 runs until September 2024 and is backed with a compute commitment of over 10'000'000 GPU hours. The scientific leads are responsible for driving progress in their area together with the participating research groups. In total, there are five vertical activities for novel, domain-specific foundation models, and five horizontal activities to advance the foundations of LLMs and large-scale AI models towards trustworthiness and efficiency.

Verticals

Foundation model for sciences

Prof. Brbic, Prof. Schwaller,
Prof. Marinkovic

Foundation model for health

Prof. Rätsch, Prof. Salathé,
Prof. Fellay

Foundation model for education

Prof. Käser, Prof. Sachan

Foundation model for sustainability / climate

Prof. Mishra, Prof. Schemm,
Prof. Schindler, Prof. Tuia

Foundation model for ego-centric vision & robotics

Prof. Alahi, Prof. Pollefeys,
Prof. Katzschmann

research

Horizontals

Fundamentals of foundation models

Prof. Yang, Prof. He,
Prof. Zdeborova, Prof. Flammarion

Human-AI alignment

Prof. Ash, Prof. Gulcehre

LLM security, red teaming & privacy

Prof. Troncoso, Prof. Tramèr​

Large-scale multi-modal models

Prof. Cotterell, Prof. Zamir

Tools & infrastructure for scaling

Prof. Klimovic, Prof. Falsafi

Advanced LLMs

Prof. Bosselut, Prof. Jaggi,
Dr. Schlag

steering committee

Scientific Steering Committee
& Coordination

The Scientific Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the Swiss AI project and decides on appointments of scientific leads for the activity areas, resources, and strategic direction. ETH Zurich and EPFL have both equal voting power in this committee.

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Prof. Andreas Krause

ETH AI Center

Steering Committee

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Prof. Martin Jaggi

EPFL

Steering Committee

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Dr. Martin Rajman

EPFL

Coordination deputy

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Prof. Ana Klimovic

ETH AI Center

Steering Committee

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Dr. Joost VandeVondele

CSCS

StC Observer

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Prof. Antoine Bosselut

EPFL

Steering Committee

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PD Dr. Alexander Ilic

ETH AI Center

Coordination lead

researchers

Swiss AI Assembly

The Swiss AI initiative already involves over 70 professors from ETH Zurich, EPFL, CSCS, HES-SO, IDIAP, IDSIA USI-SUPSI, SDSC, USZ, UZH, and ZHAW.

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Swiss AI Assembly
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