Request for Information on VIA Task Force Report: R&D Opportunities in Video & Image Analytics

July 18, 2019

Federal Register Notice: 84 FR 34409

Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO), National Science Foundation (NSF).

Notice of Request for Information (RFI).

On behalf the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Science & Technology Enterprise, NITRD NCO requests input from all interested parties on the VIA Task Force Report: R&D Opportunities in Video & Image Analytics including from those working on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and/or VIA research and development (R&D). Responses to this Request for Information (RFI) can be general suggestions of revisions or improvements to the VIA Task Force Report, comments on the six strategic goals and objectives, and suggestions to the implementation of the strategic goals and objectives. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform NITRD NCO, and the VIA Task Force on developing the VIA Task Force Report: R&D Opportunities in Video & Image Analytics.

Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on August 31, 2019.


Notice of Community of Interest Meeting on Future Computing

July 9, 2019

Federal Register Notice: 84 FR 32784

Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO), National Science Foundation.

Notice of meeting.

The community of interest (CoI) meeting will focus on the R&D challenges and opportunities in future computing landscape for the coming decade and beyond to ensure that the public, academic, and private sectors are prepared for the new computing modalities.

August 5-6, 2019.

Call for Input: Updating the US Strategic Computing Objectives

June 28, 2019

By: Frank Indiviglio, NOAA and Barry Schneider, NIST
Members of the Fast Track Action Committee on Strategic Computing

Computing plays critical roles in all aspects of American life, from vacationers automatically tagging photographs with edge-based machine learning, to corporate supply chains being secured by advanced ledger technologies, to computing technologies deepening our understanding of science and engineering. The United States has sustained a high-level of investment in specialized, high performance computing systems, enabling us to maintain our scientific and economic leadership on the international stage.

Since 2015, government agencies, under the auspices of the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), have been working to maximize the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) for scientific discovery, economic competitiveness and national security. However, the technological and scientific landscape of HPC continues to evolve rapidly. As deployed exascale computing systems become reality, it is time to revisit the goals and approaches needed to sustain and enhance U.S. leadership in strategic computing.

To address this the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development have formed a Fast Track Action Committee on Strategic Computing (FTAC) to develop recommendations to advance leadership in strategic computing for the Nation. The output of the FTAC's efforts will inform government research activities through and beyond the exascale era of computing.

Community input is critical to the FTAC efforts, so we need your thoughts on updating the objectives for strategic computing, including those defined within the NSCI. To gather community input, a Request for Information (RFI) was issued in the Federal Register with comments accepted through August 23, 2019, 11:59pm (ET).

The RFI can be found at the following url:

Since the launch of the NSCI there have been significant advances towards breaking the exascale barrier. The FTAC looks to build on these successes and guide strategic computing beyond exascale to meet future national scientific and technological challenges. This includes working with the community, through, for example, public-private partnerships, to address the most relevant topics in the emerging computing landscape such as new and potentially disruptive architectures, network-centric computing, cybersecurity, access to and curation of data, and software sustainability, which continue to present challenges and opportunities in advancing scientific computing. The FTAC must also address challenges in developing and sustaining a workforce to support the computational needs of the national innovation base and sustain the United States as a world leader in high-performance computing.

We are very excited about the continued rapid growth in strategic computing and look forward to receiving your input on the RFI by August 23, 2019, 11:59pm (ET).

The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan: 2019 Update

June 21, 2019

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Artificial intelligence (AI) holds tremendous promise to benefit nearly all aspects of society, including the economy, healthcare, security, the law, transportation, even technology itself. On February 11, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13859, Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence. This order launched the American AI Initiative, a concerted effort to promote and protect AI technology and innovation in the United States. The Initiative implements a whole-of-government strategy in collaboration and engagement with the private sector, academia, the public, and like-minded international partners. Among other actions, key directives in the Initiative call for Federal agencies to prioritize AI research and development (R&D) investments, enhance access to high-quality cyberinfrastructure and data, ensure that the Nation leads in the development of technical standards for AI, and provide education and training opportunities to prepare the American workforce for the new era of AI.

In support of the American AI Initiative, this National AI R&D Strategic Plan: 2019 Update defines the priority areas for Federal investments in AI R&D. This 2019 update builds upon the first National AI R&D Strategic Plan released in 2016, accounting for new research, technical innovations, and other considerations that have emerged over the past three years. This update has been developed by leading AI researchers and research administrators from across the Federal Government, with input from the broader civil society, including from many of America's leading academic research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private sector technology companies. Feedback from these key stakeholders affirmed the continued relevance of each part of the 2016 Strategic Plan while also calling for greater attention to making AI trustworthy, to partnering with the private sector, and other imperatives.

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