Artificial Intelligence: The Biden Administration Establishes Task Force For The National AI Research Resource (NAIRR)

June 11, 2021 | Artificial Intelligence, News
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The NAIRR is a shared research infrastructure providing researchers and students with access to AI resources.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Thursday the establishment of the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force. (The White House)

National AI Research Resource (NAIRR)

The NAIRR would be a shared research infrastructure providing AI researchers and students across all scientific disciplines with access to computational resources, high-quality data, educational tools, and user support.

The Biden Administration appointed the Task Force following the direction by the Congress in the National AI Initiative Act of 2020 to create a Federal advisory committee that will chart the creation of the NAIRR.

The Task Force will:

  • Provide recommendations for establishing and sustaining the NAIRR, including technical capabilities, governance, administration, and assessment, as well as requirements for security, privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.
  • The Task Force will submit two reports to Congress that together will present a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan –
    • An interim report in May 2022, and
    • A final report in November 2022.

Luminaries appointed to the Task Force

Experts have been drawn from across the country for the Task Force:

Public Sector

Lynne Parker, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (Co-Chair)

Erwin Gianchandani, National Science Foundation (Co-Chair)

Frederick Streitz, Department of Energy

Elham Tabassi, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Academia

Mark Dean, retired (formerly IBM and University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Oren Etzioni, Allen Institute for AI

Julia Lane, New York University

Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University

Michael Norman, University of California, San Diego

Dan Stanzione, University of Texas, Austin

Private Sector

Daniela Braga, DefinedCrowd

Andrew Moore, Google

“By bringing together the nation’s foremost experts from academia, industry, and government, we will be able to chart an exciting and compelling path forward, ensuring long-term U.S. competitiveness in all fields of science and engineering and all sectors of our economy,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan.

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