Accelerating Imagination

Accelerating Imagination: the ‘front door’ to IU’s AI, data science research

Accelerating Imagination will bring together some of the university’s top researchers and resources in artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and data science to make IU the leading partner for human-centered AI research, education, and workforce development efforts that improve Indiana and the world.

The initiative will be supported by an IU executive committee focused on the ethical application of human-centered AI, high-performance computing, and technology research in Indiana and beyond. It will draw upon the university’s multidisciplinary research expertise, including IU’s pioneering large-scale data digitization efforts used by researchers all over the world and nationwide leadership in high-performance computing.

Our goal with this initiative is to deploy AI-based solutions for a wide range of applications that can support the work of faculty, industry, and governmental agencies, among others.

Rahul Shrivastav, IU Provost and Executive Vice President

Members of the Accelerating Imagination executive committee

  • David Crandall, Luddy Professor of Computer Science; Director, Luddy Artificial Intelligence Center
  • Michael Huber, Vice President for University Relations
  • Joanna Millunchick, Dean, Luddy School
  • Kosali Simon, Herman B Wells Endowed Professor and Paul O’Neill Chair in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences
  • Ash Soni, SungKyunKwan Professor, Interim Dean, and Professor of Operations & Decision Technologies, Kelley School of Business
Images from the March 2023 launch of the Luddy AI Center. Ethan Gill, Office of the Provost

Campus and community partners

Accelerating Imagination unites expertise and resources from the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering and the new Luddy Artificial Intelligence Center; IU Libraries; IU Research; IU Information Technology; and dozens more interconnected, interdisciplinary areas that can offer IU partners a suite of applicable AI services that can be translated from one context to another.

The AI initiative will also expand partnerships with a wide range of industries throughout the state, including NSWC Crane; scale up strengths in social and behavioral sciences, business, and arts and humanities on the Bloomington campus; and accelerate IU’s entrepreneurship and commercialization efforts.

External partners and IU faculty are encouraged to contact Crandall about potential collaborations at