Air Force to Host Trusted AI Challenge series 

The Air Force Research Laboratory is teaming up with academia, industry and government agencies to ensure the trustworthiness of future Artificial Intelligence.

The series is designed to cultivate, define and fund creative solutions to a set of challenge problems in trustworthy AI and will focus on dynamic, autonomous systems that learn and adapt behaviors.   The series will kick off Oct. 14, 2020 with a half-day webinar at 12 Noon EDT.  Click here to register.

CRISPR Developers Win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 for their discovery of a method of editing genetic code known as CRISPR/Cas9.

In just eight short years, this discovery has had a profound impact on science and on humanity. Using CRISPR, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision. This technology has revolutionized the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true.

AFRL announces new STTR program round

On August 27, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) released the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Commercial Solutions Opening. Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on October 22.

The DoD STTR Program objectives include stimulating technological innovation, strengthening small businesses’ role in meeting DoD R&D needs, fostering and encouraging minority and disadvantaged persons’ participation in technological innovation, and increasing commercial application of DoD-supported R/R&D results.

Webinar: Human-Centered AI Research and and Policy

The Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) will host a webinar to discuss the emerging challenges and opportunities of human-centered artificial intelligence. Fei-Fei Li, the Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute, and Timothy Persons, the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Government Accountability Office will present and take questions from the audience.

Registration is required but free.

Intelligence Community Releases Artificial Intelligence Principles and Framework

Will help guide the IC’s ethical development and use of AI.

The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) released the Principles of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics for the Intelligence Community and the related Artificial Intelligence Ethics Framework for the Intelligence Community. These principles and framework, which the director of national intelligence (DNI) recently approved, will guide the IC’s ethical development and use of AI.

The IC leads in developing and using technology crucial to our national security mission, and we cannot do so without recognizing and acting on its ethical implications,” said DNI John Ratcliffe. “These principles and their accompanying framework will help guide our mission leads and data scientists as they implement technology to solve intelligence problems.”

According to a recent statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Principles represent the IC’s commitment to ensuring its use and implementation of AI respect the law, protect privacy and civil liberties, are transparent and accountable, remain objective and equitable, appropriately incorporate human judgment, are secure and resilient by design, and incorporate the best practices of the science and technology communities.

IC data scientists, privacy and civil liberties officers and other key stakeholders collaboratively developed the AI Ethics Framework to ensure the IC incorporates the Principles of AI Ethics into both the design and use of the technology. The Framework provides public insight into the factors the IC considers when deciding whether and how to use this technology to counter national security threats.

Event:  The Bayh-Dole Act’s Catalytic Contributions to America’s Innovation System

Bridging the technology ‘Valley of Death’

Technology transfer of federally funded research is key focus for Arch Street. As a result we are a regular participant in the Technology Transfer Society to better understand the latest innovations in the commercialization space.  The DC Chapter will be holding a presentation on the seminal tech transfer legislation:  the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980.  This law has played a transformational role in promoting the commercialization of federally funded research.  The event will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 12 PM.  To register see:  The Bayh-Dole Act’s Catalytic Contributions to America’s Innovation System

ANNOUNCEMENT: Arch Street to Support the MSI STEM Research and Development Consortium

Arch Street is pleased to announce that is has been engaged by an R&D consortium of minority-serving institutions (MSI’s) and affiliated partners. The MSI STEM R&D Consortium (MSRDC) includes a range of public and private schools of higher education engaged in federally-sponsored research and development. Membership not limited to MSI’s — any U.S. university or private company may join the Consortium as a research collaborator. There is no cost to join. The Consortium was formed in 2010 and performs research for a variety of federal agencies through a unique funding vehicle that provides flexibility and agility for R&D program managers. Agencies that currently utilize the Consortium to support their research mission include the Departments of Defense, State, Energy, Transportation and Homeland Security.

Arch Street will help MSRDC further expand research opportunities for the Consortium in the federal space at various agencies and programs.