Session 18-5

Exploring Government – Academic Partnerships in AI: How, why, and to what extent?

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Just as data fails in silos, so do entities, which is why the US Government continues to harness and leverage academic partnerships on the AI journey. In 2020, an Executive Order, “Promoting the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government,” became a vehicle for establishing Federal rotating programs and endorsing partnerships. Government-academic partnerships help “modernize talent and data” and engage a broad pool of talent and expertise in data and AI. All the while, these partnerships also depict our nation’s ethics and values for real-life responsible AI. This session will explore approaches, outcomes, and benefits to government-academic partnerships.

Speaker

MODERATOR: EILEEN VIDRINE

Sr. Strategic Advisor for Data to the Federal CIO, Office of Management and Budget, The White House

PANELIST: MAJ JOHN RADOVAN

Deputy Director for Department of the Air Force-MIT AI Accelerator

PANELIST: DR. RAFAEL FRICKS 

Computer Engineer, Department of Veterans Affairs National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII)