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2018 GTC Washington DC

DC8237 - Mission-based Artificial Intelligence: Launching a National Mission to Save Lives in Times of Disaster

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This summer, the United States announced a new effort to invest in, unify, and strengthen AI efforts across the Department of Defense. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) will operate through National Mission Initiatives (NMI) that bring together the best minds in industry, academia, and government, in the US and overseas, to work together on challenging missions that inspire. This session will outline one of the first National Missions: developing and applying AI for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR). When disaster strikes, the clock ticks faster. Critical operations need to be coordinated – civilians need to be evacuated, supplies transported, resources allocated, first responders deployed, victims located, etc. Currently, this coordinated effort is primarily manual; it falls on the shoulders of the people on the ground. They are tasked with making difficult decisions in real-time given the (incomplete) information available. Despite recent isolated successes, AI systems are not currently at a level of maturity where they can be used robustly and at scale to help forward operators make critical decisions, fight time, and save lives. The AI community knows well how to make predictions about the future state of the world by looking at data, efficiently schedule concurrent events, deploy agents to search unknown areas, and more. However, this work is generally limited to point solutions that are untested in high-tempo environments where lives are at stake. Thus, there is a misalignment between tools made available through AI research and those practically deployed in critical scenarios. As global disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes become increasingly frequent and catastrophic, mission-based AI can create the technology necessary to deploy robust operational AI solutions in fast-paced scenarios where the right information at the right time can save lives.

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Deep Learning and AI
Deep Learning and AI
Defense General Government / National Labs Higher Education / Research
All technical
50 minutes
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