New RISE initiative to focus on strategic faculty hiring to solve grand challenges

Through strategic additions of people and resources, RISE will build collaborative networks of faculty to tap high-priority research. Photo: Bryce Richter/UW-Madison

Announced on February 8, 2024, the new Wisconsin Research, Innovation and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) Initiative is designed to help address significant, complex challenges of particular importance to Wisconsin and the world, through:

  • accelerated and strategic faculty hiring
  • research infrastructure enhancement
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • increased student and educational opportunities

The RISE Initiative will choose focus areas anchored in fields in which UW–Madison has top-flight innovators and research centers, beginning with artificial intelligence (AI).

“We have the opportunity to help society find success with AI by taking a holistic approach to computing and scientific challenges, understanding the human aspects, and by working to ensure our students appreciate its relevance to their lives and careers,” UW-Madison Provost Charles Isbell explained.

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