The Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence opened in 1983, but AI research at the University of Texas began years earlier with pioneering efforts by Woody Bledsoe and Bob Simmons. The Lab has expanded to seven faculty in core areas of AI, about 50 Ph.D. students, numerous research staff, and a dozen affiliated faculty in related departments.
The University of Texas AI Lab addresses the main challenges of machine cognition from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The Lab will continue to investigate the central challenges of machine cognition, especially machine learning, knowledge representation and reasoning, and robotics. 
Alibaba Innovation Research Program
· Connitive Science
· Computational Neuroscience
· Computer Vision
· Evolutionary Computation
· Knowledge Representation & Reasoning
· Machine Learning
· Mathematical Foundations
· Multiagent Systems
· Natural Language Processing
· Reinforcement Learning
· Robotics
· Statistical Learning