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Artificial Intelligence Roadmap

In fall 2018, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) initiated an effort to create a Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence, led by Yolanda Gil (University of Southern California and President of AAAI) and Bart Selman (Cornell University). The goal of the initiative was to identify challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls, and create a compelling report that will effectively inform future priorities—including future AI R&D Investments, as highlighted by National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Cordova in her July 2018 monthly address. 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.

In order to obtain broad community input for the Roadmap, a series of three workshops were held in the Fall/Winter of 2018/2019. Feedback from the community was gathered at a Townhall at AAAI and via numerous other communication channels to different groups of stakeholders. The resulting AI Research Roadmap draft (May 13th, 2019 version) is below, the final version will be released in summer 2019.

AI Research Roadmap Draft (May 13, 2019 version)

Here is a link to the whole report (117 pages).

Here are links to individual sections:

     Title Page, Executive Summary, and Table of Contents (7 pages)

  1. Introduction (5 pages)
  2. Major Societal Drivers for Future Artificial Intelligence Research (4 pages)
  3. Overview of Core Technical Areas of AI Research Roadmap: Workshop Reports (72 pages)

    1. Workshop I: A Research Roadmap for Integrated Intelligence (19 pages)
    2. Workshop II: A Research Roadmap for Meaningful Interaction (27 pages)
    3. Workshop III: A Research Roadmap for Self-Aware Learning (26 pages)
  4. Major Findings (4 pages)
  5. Recommendations (22 pages)
  6. Conclusions (1 page)
  7. Appendices (participants and contributors) (2 pages)

Workshops (invitation-only)

November 2018 – Integrated Intelligence
Co-Chairs: Marie desJardins (Simmons University) 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)

Townhall: A 20-year Roadmap for AI Research

On January 28th, roadmap chairs Yolanda Gil (University of Southern California and President of AAAI) and Bart Selman (Cornell University), along with workshop chairs Marie deJardins (Simmons), Ken Forbus (Northwestern University), Kathy McKeown (Columbia University), Dan Weld (University of Washington), and Tom Dietterich (Oregon State), presented the discussions and findings of the workshops during a townhall meeting at AAAI-19. Watch the full video of the presentation and Q&A on the townhall webpage.

Report Timeline

May 13th, 2019: Draft report released to the community and community feedback collected

Summer 2019: Final report released to the community.



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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.

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