The University of Cincinnati (UC) has agreed to partner with Nexigen, an information technology and cybersecurity firm, to secure grants for research on artificial intelligence (AI) development, including efforts on how to make the technology more secure.   

The nonbinding agreement will lead to cooperation on securing grants, give UC students real-world experience and provide Nexigen critical insight from UC faculty and students. Additionally, the collaboration will help Nexigen work on securing AI systems for governments and private industries that require the next generation of securities for their data repositories. 

“Big companies in the region or across the country can leverage the University of Cincinnati’s resources and Dr. Kelly Cohen’s research team,” Nexigen co-founder and CEO Jon Salisbury said in a statement. “We think we can bring groups into UC to get research done on their new generative AI projects.” 

Through their collaboration, UC and Nexigen will also work on securing large language models by creating more filters, increasing accuracy, and safety. Furthermore, both entities will work on developing effective guardrails to protect private citizens and businesses from the risks that AI could potentially present. 

“AI capabilities have come a long way but so have the risks,” Nexigen Chief AI Strategist Zack Huhn said. “Large language models and AI systems are built through learned and shared data. When businesses, governments and institutions start using AI and start exposing their data to leverage AI, they’re also creating risks. They have to take mitigating measures to get ahead of that risk.” 

The two parties will discuss this new partnership on May 16. 

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