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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. It’s for this reason that Stanford founded the Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) in early 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.

What’s unique about HAI is that 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-renown 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 leading-edge scientists, but 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

Annual ReportThe annual report documents the progress HAI has made in research, policy, and education during our second academic year. These milestones included progress with the National Research Cloud, a significant program for EU policymakers, and exciting findings from our Hoffman-Yee grant recipients. We invite you to read more in the full annual report.

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