Todd Millstein and Guy Van den Broeck, professors of computer science in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, received a four-year, $947,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to make machine learning more widely available and easier to work with.

Machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence in which computer programs learn and improve on their own. Machine learning is used in a broad range of applications, such as personalizing recommendations on social media, making predictions in finance or figuring out what certain genes do. Millstein, an expert in software programming, and Van den Broeck, who specializes in artificial intelligence, hope to make machine learning more accessible so that coders may use it without having to learn the intricate theory behind it.

The grant will also support computer science graduate students. Results from the study, including a new programming language, will be made available for free to people who are interested.

Both professors were already collaborating on this research before receiving the grant.