The Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures was created to catalyze and support bold collaborations that will foster the future of scholarly inquiry.

Our mission is to nurture innovative academic configurations that may endure—and even become research and educational models to follow—thus transforming not only Arts & Sciences but also Washington University.

Transcending Boundaries

We believe transdisciplinary research and learning can help us envision better futures. The projects we support:

  • Transcend the boundaries that disciplines imply—mixing and merging to lead to something new
  • Are deeply linked to questions and problems that connect the academy and society
  • Encourage novel thinking about future directions within traditional disciplines as well as across them

NeuroAI Symposium explores the intersections between digital and biological brains

Since its launch in 2022 as a multiyear project funded by the Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures, Toward a Synergy Between Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience has explored the intersections between the human brain and the novel AI networks that seek to emulate its functions. On May 15, that work culminated in the NeuroAI Symposium, an all-day event that featured an international coterie of scholars and scientists who work on the cutting edge of AI and neuroscience research. 

Empowering empathy with AI: The Moving Stories project

Dr. Ariela Schachter and her faculty collaborators had an idea. As an associate professor of sociology, she wanted to create an app, together with Dr. Ila Sheren and Dr. Tabea Linhard, to study what happens when you connect members of the St. Louis community to their neighbors with migrant backgrounds. What they didn’t have were the app-development skills to make it happen.

A Signature Initiative

The Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures is a signature initiative of the Arts & Sciences strategic plan.

Learn more about the plan