Incubating Emerging Areas

Strategic Recommendation

Incubate critical mass in emerging areas.

Exploration of new ideas can be stymied by limited resources—human, physical, and financial—particularly at the earliest stages of development when their viability may be uncertain. CMU will provide an environment where new ideas can be born and nourished until they become capable of supporting themselves. CMU will:

  • Support the establishment of cluster hires to bring diverse expertise to interdisciplinary initiatives, allowing rapid ramp-up in areas of strategic importance.
  • Provide additional top-down support that aids in the growth and development of bottom-up research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial endeavors.


Recent Accomplishments

  • In 2017, CMU’s School of Computer Science Launched CMU AI, which establishes the critical mass of brilliant human minds, state-of-the-art research facilities and financial resources necessary to create technologies that will change the world for the better.
  • In January 2017, The Department of Defense awarded the public-private Manufacturing USA institute to a nonprofit venture led by Carnegie Mellon, with more than 220 partners in industry, academia, government and the nonprofit sector nationwide. The ARM institute will receive $80 million from the DOD, and an additional $173 million from partner organizations.
  • Launched in 2014, The BrainHub combines research in science, neuroscience, psychology, and engineering to further learn how the structure and activity of the brain give rise to complex behaviors and, with the development of innovative computational and technological tools, enable further understanding of cognition, learning and perception, and brain disorders like Autism & Parkinson’s.
  • The Simon Initiative—a leading learning science effort at CMU—harnesses a cross-disciplinary learning engineering ecosystem to develop the next generation of technology for education and to measurably improve student learning outcomes on a national and global level.
  • Metro21 partners with the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County as well as the MetroLab Network to support research, development, and deployment of CMU projects that seek to solve problems in a variety of metro-related focus areas and improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh Region.