Welcome to the Neural Networks Research Group web site.

The group is directed by Prof. Risto Miikkulainen and is located at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.


XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge Concludes

The XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge concluded with the announcement of two winners: a first-place team from Spain and a second-place team from Slovenia, splitting the prize purse of $500K. Eight other teams received an honorable mention. The teams employed a variety of techniques from standard epidemiological modeling to evolutionary optimization. Significant new technology was also developed (by the Cognizant's Evolutionary AI research team) to evaluate the predictors and prescriptors in the competition. Of particular note is a method that allows evaluating how much each prescriptor contributes to a collaborative prescriptor, i.e. one built by bringing all the submissions together. Such collaborative opportunities as well as deployments informing real-world policies will be pursued in the follow-up to the competition.

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