A $34 million academic facility dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence and computational science will be constructed at the downtown campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The new four-story, 64,000-square-foot building — funded by a gift from 1990 MSOE graduate Dwight Diercks and his wife, Dian — will be the home for academic study in the fields of AI, deep learning, cyber security, robotics, cloud computing and other next-generation technologies. It will be erected at the intersection of Milwaukee and State streets, replacing part of a parking lot directly east of MSOE’s German-English Academy.

Called the Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall, the new facility will be equipped with data center featuring a GPU-accelerated “supercomputer,” as well as modern classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, laboratories and corporate partnership space for industry partners. The hall will also sit atop 18,000 square feet of underground parking. Read the full story here.