Center for Artificial Intelligence (C4AI)

Center for Artificial Intelligence USP/IBM/FAPESP (C4AI)
Goal: To produce advanced basic and applied research in artificial intelligence, and to disseminate and transfer its results and technology
Coordinator: Fabio Cozman
Host Institution: University of São Paulo (Poli/USP)
Business partner: IBM Brazil
+55 11 2648-1695

FAPESP Process 2019/07665-4
Term: Aug 2020 to Jul 2025

The Center for Artificial Intelligence USP/IBM/FAPESP (C4AI) is an Engineering Research Center launched in 2020. It is headquartered at InovaUSP, a space for multidisciplinary research and innovation at the University of São Paulo (USP), in the city of São Paulo. Other spaces are located on USP’s campuses in São Carlos, Ribeirão Preto and Piracicaba. It also partners with the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) and Ignatian Educational Foundation (FEI).

The center's mission is to produce advanced research in artificial intelligence in Brazil, disseminate and debate its main results, train students and professionals, and transfer the technology to society. Its vision is to be a world-class center of excellence in artificial intelligence and an essential organization for the scientific community and society in Brazil.

Its research activities are organized around challenges that combine fundamental aspects of artificial intelligence with applications in selected fields. 


1. Resources and tools for Brazilian languages (Portuguese and Indigenous languages).

2. Physics-based machine learning and decision making for climate and ocean prediction.

3. Knowledge-enhanced machine learning for conversational agents.

4. Assessments of the state of artificial intelligence and its impact on society.


Scientists create model to predict depression and anxiety using artificial intelligence and social media
A study by a group at the University of São Paulo reported in a scientific journal on a study involving the construction of a database and models. Preliminary results are described in the article.

Artificial intelligence improves shipping forecasts in port areas
A technology created by the University of São Paulo’s Center for Artificial Intelligence increases the accuracy of shipping and other weather forecasts by 20%, and is being tested at the Port of Santos.

Tool uses artificial intelligence in support of decisions on actions to combat hunger
Algorithms developed at the University of São Paulo interpret information from different databases and help identify city areas susceptible to food insecurity.