NITRD NewsLetter - January 2017

January 17, 2017

"Welcome to the third issue of NITRD Leads IT, a quarterly newsletter of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.

Two January events are at the top of my mind: the Administration transition and signing of the new NITRD legislation. With the change in Administration, NITRD will continue to deliver on the requirements in our authorization legislation…"

- Dr. Bryan Biegel (Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information)



Draft "Smart Cities and Communities Federal Strategic Plan: Exploring Innovation Together" - Request for Comments

January 12, 2017

Federal Register Notice: 82 FR 3810

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

Request for public comment.

Ernest Lucier at (703) 292-4873 or Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

January 9, 2017.

With this notice, the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) requests comments from the public regarding the draft Smart Cities and Communities Federal Strategic Plan: Exploring Innovation Together. The draft Strategic Plan is posted at:



Interagency Coordination Helps Increase Wireless Spectrum Availability

January 9, 2017

The Wireless Spectrum R&D (WSRD) Interagency Working Group (IWG) has coordinated federal WSRD activities since early 2011. These activities include a series of 8 workshops on critical issues of wireless spectrum use optimization, which have helped agencies to advance spectrum sharing concepts, technologies, and implementation. Today we are releasing the group’s most recent report and announcing an upcoming workshop.

Today NITRD is announcing:

  • Publication of the report, “Wireless Spectrum Sharing: Enforcement Frameworks, Technology and R&D,” at;
  • WSRD Workshop IX, planned for April, 2017, “Radio Receivers: R&D Innovation Needs, and Impacts on Technology and Policy.”



"A Superfacility for Data Intensive Science" - Dr. Katherine Yelick

November 08, 2016

Video Link:

Dr. Katherine Yelick
Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley.
(presented at FASTER CoP on November 08, 2016)




October, 2016

National Science and Technology Council
Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee

Executive Summary

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a transformative technology that holds promise for tremendous societal and economic benefit. AI has the potential to revolutionize how we live, work, learn, discover, and communicate. AI research can further our national priorities, including increased economic prosperity, improved educational opportunities and quality of life, and enhanced national and homeland security. Because of these potential benefits, the U.S. government has invested in AI research for many years. Yet, as with any significant technology in which the Federal government has interest, there are not only tremendous opportunities but also a number of considerations that must be taken into account in guiding the overall direction of Federally-funded R&D in AI.

On May 3, 2016,the Administration announced the formation of a new NSTC Subcommittee on Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence, to help coordinate Federal activity in AI.1 This Subcommittee, on June 15, 2016, directed the Subcommittee on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) to create a National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan. A NITRD Task Force on Artificial Intelligence was then formed to define the Federal strategic priorities for AI R&D, with particular attention on areas that industry is unlikely to address.

This National Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan establishes a set of objectives for Federally-funded AI research, both research occurring within the government as well as Federally-funded research occurring outside of government, such as in academia. The ultimate goal of this research is to produce new AI knowledge and technologies that provide a range of positive benefits to society, while minimizing the negative impacts....

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