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Artificial Intelligence Roadmap

One cannot get through the day without some acknowledgment of Artificial Intelligence (AI), whether it’s something in the news or a direct interaction with an AI system. However, there is still much basic research to be done in the area.

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is announcing a new initiative to create a Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence, led by Yolanda Gil (University of Southern California and President-Elect of AAAI) and Bart Selman (Cornell University). The plan is to hold a series of workshops in the Fall/Winter of 2018/2019, which will result in a Roadmap to be produced in the Spring of 2019. The goal of the initiative is to identify challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls, and create a compelling report that will effectively inform future federal priorities—including future AI R&D Investments, as highlighted by National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Cordova in her monthly address. NSF Directorate for Computing and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is supporting the initiative, and Henry Kautz, Division Director for Intelligent Information Systems (IIS) is helping to coordinate with the CCC. This effort is similar to one of the CCC’s first activities, the Robotics Roadmap, which helped to launch the National Robotics Initiative in 2011 and the subsequent 2016 Robotics Roadmap and NRI 2.0.

Broad community input is key to effective road mapping efforts so, along with three workshops, we are also planning listening sessions at AI conferences, blog posts, and other activities that will be developed. We need smart, perceptive, forward-looking people to help with this. It’s a major opportunity to leverage your time and effort as part of something big.

Workshops (invitation-only)

November 2018 – Integrated Intelligence
Co-Chairs: Marie desJardins (Simmons) and Ken Forbus (Northwestern University)

January 2019 – Interaction
Co-Chairs: Kathy McKeown (Columbia University) and Dan Weld (University of Washington)

January 2019 – Learning and Robotics
Co-Chair: Fei Fei Li (Stanford) and Tom Dietterich (Oregon State)



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Previous Similar Activities

Robotics Roadmap – In 2009, the CCC released A Roadmap for US Robotics, From Internet to Robotics (Robotics Roadmap). The Robotics Roadmap explored the capacity of robotics to act as a key economic enabler, specifically in the areas of manufacturing, healthcare, and in the service industry, 5, 10, and 15 years into the future and was influential in developing 2011’s National Robotics Initiative (NRI). An updated version of the Robotics Roadmap was released in November 2016 and it expands on the topics discussed in the 2009 roadmap as well as addressing the areas of public safety, earth science, and workforce development. You can read the full 2016 roadmap here.

Related Materials

NITRD Working Group – On June 27, 2018, OSTP and the newly formed Select Committee on AI approved the formation of a new NITRD AI R&D IWG.

National Artificial Intelligence Research And Development Strategic Plan– Published in October 2016