The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the formation of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task (Task Force). This task force will write the roadmap that will direct the research, design, and use of AI tools across the United States and promote access to resources for education, data management, user support, etc. This blueprint will serve as the basis for the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR), a research institute dedicated to AI.
An advisory group to make recommendations to NAIRR
In the National AI Initiative Act of 2020 notified by the U.S. Congress, the resulting working group will serve as an advisory committee to help design and implement a blueprint for NAIRR. This research institute will bring together AI students and researchers from a wide range of sectors to conduct their education or research using dedicated computing resources.
The group will outline its recommendations for NAIRR in the areas of technical capabilities, governance, administration, evaluation, security, privacy, and civil rights and liberties. Two reports will be submitted to Congress outlining a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan: one in May 2022, and the second in November 2022.
Eric Lander, the president’s science advisor and director of OSTP, discusses NAIRR’s arrival in the U.S. AI ecosystem:
“America’s economic prosperity depends on fundamental investments in our technology leadership. The National AI Research Resource will expand access to the resources and tools that fuel AI research and development, opening opportunities for bright minds across America to pursue the next scientific and technological breakthroughs.”
Sethuraman Panchanathan, NSF’s director, reflects on the Task Force group:
“NSF is delighted to co-chair the National AI Research Resource Task Force, which has a critical role in envisioning the research infrastructure that will drive future AI innovation. By bringing together the nation’s top experts from academia, industry, and government, we will be able to chart an exciting and compelling course, ensuring America’s long-term competitiveness in all areas of science and engineering and across all sectors of our economy.”
A dozen experts to write the roadmap
The twelve members who will comprise the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task advisory group include:
- Lynne Parker, White House Office of Science and Technology (Co-Chair)
- Erwin Gianchandani, NSF (Co-Chair)
- Daniela Braga, DefinedCrowd
- 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
- Andrew Moore, Google
- Michael Norman, University of California, San Diego
- Dan Stanzione, University of Texas, Austin
- Frederick Streitz, Department of Energy
- Elham Tabassi, National Institute of Standards and Technology
U.S. citizens will be asked to offer input around the development of NAIRR. A federal registry will be created for this purpose. In addition, in the coming weeks, an AI advisory committee will be set up to deal more broadly with AI in the following areas: research and development, economic competitiveness, societal issues, ethical and legal issues, commercial applications, safety, security, etc.