On July 25, the members of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force met in their eighth virtual, public meeting to develop an implementation plan and roadmap for a national cyberinfrastructure that would connect America’s researchers from all backgrounds and locations within the United States to the computational, data, and testbed resources that fuel artificial intelligence (AI) research and innovation. By creating an equitable infrastructure for cutting-edge AI that builds on-ramps for participation for a wide range of researchers and communities, the NAIRR could build AI capacity across the nation and support responsible AI research and development, thereby driving innovation and ensuring long-term U.S. competitiveness in this critical technology area.
The meeting was the first full Task Force convening since the release of the Task Force’s interim report to the President and Congress on May 25, 2022. At this meeting, the Task Force focused deliberations on developing plans for implementing the vision of the NAIRR as detailed in the interim report – moving from the “what” to the “how.”
Task Force co-chairs Dr. Lynne Parker, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Director of the National AI Initiative Office at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Manish Parashar, Office Director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, opened the meeting with a summary of the series of stakeholder engagements undertaken since the release of the interim report in May. These included a public listening session held on June 23, 2022 with 43 members of the public participating; a request for information that garnered 23 responses from civil society, academic, and private sector stakeholders; and a dialogue among interagency representatives from across the Federal government.