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White House Forms National AI Research Resource Task Force

The Biden administration has created a new task force to work on a roadmap meant to expand access to research tools to advance innovation in the field of artificial intelligence.

The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force, which was created in accordance with the National AI Initiative Act of 2020, will act as a federal advisory committee to implement a blueprint for a shared research infrastructure that will provide AI students and researchers access to computational resources, educational tools, user support and data, the White House said Thursday.

The task force will provide technical capabilities, administration, governance and recommendations for establishing the National AI Research Resource infrastructure and submit two congressional reports outlining its strategy and implementation plan for NAIRR.

The group is expected to deliver an interim report to Congress in May 2022 and a final report in November 2022. It also plans to post a request for information in the Federal Register to seek public input on NAIRR implementation.

Lynne Parker, director of the National AI Initiative Office at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Erwin Gianchandani, deputy assistant director for computer and information science and engineering at the National Science Foundation, will serve as co-chairs of the task force.

Other members of the task force are:

  • Andrew Moore, Google
  • Dan Stanzione, University of Texas, Austin
  • Daniela Braga, DefinedCrowd
  • Elham Tabassi, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University
  • Frederick Streitz, Department of Energy
  • Julia Lane, New York University
  • Mark Dean, retired (formerly IBM and University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Michael Norman, University of California, San Diego
  • Oren Etzioni, Allen Institute for AI

Jane Edwards

June 10, 2021 — The U.S. National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy today announced the formation of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force. As directed by Congress in the “National AI Initiative Act of 2020,” the task force will serve as a federal advisory committee, developing an implementation roadmap for the National AI Research Resource, 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 task force will provide recommendations for establishing and sustaining the National AI Research Resource, including technical capabilities, governance, administration, assessment and requirements for security, privacy, civil rights and civil liberties. It will also submit two reports to Congress that will comprise a comprehensive roadmap and implementation plan. The task force will deliver an interim report in May 2022 and a final report in November 2022.

“America’s economic prosperity hinges on foundational investments in our technological leadership,” said Science Advisor to the President and OSTP Director Eric Lander. “The National AI Research Resource will expand access to the resources and tools that fuel AI research and development, opening opportunities for bright minds from across America to pursue the next breakthroughs in science and technology.”

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