U.S. Department of Energy Joins Frontier Development Lab

AITO will partner with FDL to apply synergies between physics, simulation, and machine learning to clean energy, Earth science and climate resilience challenges to advance basic research at the agency. FDL is a public-private partnership between the SETI Institute, NASA, USGS, Google Cloud, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Nvidia, Trillium Technologies and other US and international partners.

FDL is an applied artificial intelligence research program that tackles fundamental knowledge gaps in space, Earth science and energy by pairing machine learning experts with subject domain experts. Research teams are supported by massive compute resources, relevant datasets and technology advisory from private sector partners for an intensive eight-week, paid research sprint over the summer. Teams address research challenges such as astronaut health, lunar exploration, heliophysics and climate change. FDL is excited to join forces with DOE and add challenge topics addressing critical DOE priorities, such as energy futures, climate adaptation and disaster response.

“We are delighted to welcome DOE as a major new federal partner in the FDL program this year,” said Bill Diamond, CEO of the SETI Institute. “DOE’s vision in creating an Artificial Intelligence & Technology office to coordinate AI activities across the Department aligns perfectly with FDL’s underlying premise of exploring how to apply the latest AI/ML tools and techniques to advance basic research and fundamental science,” said Diamond.

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