Current Focus Areas for the PNC Center
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Interpretable/Explainable Machine Learning Marketing Models for Banking
The center supports research that produces explainable/interpretable ML marketing models of consumer financial behavior while maintaining a high level of prediction accuracy. These models should be able to explain their rationale, characterize their strengths and weaknesses, and convey an understanding of how they will behave in the future.
Blockchain Applications to Banking
The center supports research that studies conceptual or practical issues related to blockchain use for banking in areas related to Know your Customer, transaction settlement, fraud reduction, smart contracts, etc.
CMU Coin/Cryptocurreny Testbed at CMU
The center is supporting an effort to create a cryptocurrency testbed that can be used by researchers. To this end, the center is supporting creation of a CMU-focused cryptocurrency— CMU Coin. The goal is to create a cryptocurrency that is secure, legal, focused on privacy rather than anonymity, has greener alternatives to the proof of work, and ensures continued decentralization as the coin matures. The effort is engaging the CMU community both in identifying potential use-cases and in developing the underlying mechanisms and the code for the CMU coin.