• The Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas in Austin is funded by the NSF and specializes in high performance research and development and data analysis. Credit: Texas Advanced Computing Center
     The Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas in Austin is funded by the NSF and specializes in high performance research and development and data analysis. Credit: Texas Advanced Computing Center

NSF and Federal Agencies Announce Update to National AI Plan

June 24, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh

Artificial intelligence (AI) research has enabled breakthroughs across almost every sector. The National Science Foundation (NSF), a leading funder of activities that support AI research and innovation, is joining other federal agency partners to announce the release of the 2019 update to the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research and Development (R&D) Strategic Plan.

The strategic plan was developed by the Select Committee on AI of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The 2019 plan offers a national agenda on AI science and engineering.

The 2019 updates to the plan refresh the 2016 plan by reevaluating federal priorities for AI R&D investment. It also identifies an additional strategic priority area for federal investment in AI research and innovation. The 2019 plan places an emphasis on expanding public and private partnerships to enhance federal investments and activities that support AI.

In a statement, Jim Kurose, NSF's assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, said, “Public and private partnerships provide us with opportunities to leverage the flow of people, ideas and innovations among academia, industry and government to enhance U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness.”

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