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Artificial intelligence is transforming the world as we know it, creating a future where AI will impact humans in ways we can only imagine today. From academia to industry, government and civil society, leaders are seeking to understand and influence the creation and impact of AI. Stanford founded the Institute for Human-Centered AI in 2019 to guide and build the future of AI.


The mission of HAI is to advance AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition. Led by faculty from multiple departments across Stanford, research focuses on developing AI technologies inspired by human intelligence; studying, forecasting and guiding the human and societal impact of AI; and designing and creating AI applications that augment human capabilities. Through the education work of the institute, students and leaders at all stages gain a range of AI fundamentals and perspectives. At the same time, the policy work of HAI fosters regional and national discussions that lead to direct legislative impact.

HAI is unique because it balances diverse expertise and integration of AI across human-centered systems and applications in a setting that could only be offered by Stanford University. Stanford’s seven leading schools on the same campus, including a world-renowned computer science department, offer HAI access to multidisciplinary research from top scholars.

AI has the potential to affect every aspect of our lives and our civilization, from social bonds and ethics to the economy and healthcare, education and government. The faculty and staff of HAI are engaging not only with leading-edge scientists, but also with scholars trying to make sense of social movements, educators enhancing pedagogy, lawyers and legislators working to protect rights and improve institutions, and artists trying to bring a humanistic sensibility to the world in which we live. Together we’re helping build the future of AI.

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Annual Report

2023 Annual ReportIn a year marked by significant AI advances, Stanford HAI took great strides forward in the areas of research, education, policy, and society to guide and build the future of AI as it applies to medicine, government, education, and other aspects of society. Our network of Stanford-funded faculty continued to grow through our grant programs. Stanford HAI also forged new collaborations, shaping how various sectors integrate AI with a human-centered approach.

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  • HAI’s research efforts gained significant momentum in the 2021-22 academic year. The team was excited to return to in-person events and to establish the Ethics and Society Review process as part of HAI’s grant programs. The institute held 81 events, reaching a total 19,475 attendees between in-person and virtual platforms. We invite you to read more in the full 2021-2022 annual report.


  • The milestones accomplished in the 2020 - 2021 academic year include progress with the National AI Research Resource, a significant program for EU policymakers, and exciting findings from our Hoffman-Yee grant recipients. Read more in the full 2020-2021 report


  • During the 2019–2020 academic year, HAI faculty, fellows, and partners engaged in dozens of collaborative projects spanning many aspects of technology and society. Read more in the full 2019-2020 report.



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