Data Brief

Voices of Innovation

An Analysis of Influential AI Researchers in the United States

Sara Abdulla

Husanjot Chahal

July 2023

This data brief identifies the most influential AI researchers in the United States between 2010 and 2021 via three metrics: number of AI publications, citations, and AI h-index. It examines their demographic profiles, career trajectories, and research collaboration rates, finding that most are men in the later stages of their career, largely concentrated in 10 elite universities and companies, and that nearly 70 percent of America’s top AI researchers were born abroad.

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