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Executive Summary

A 20-Year Community Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence Research in the US

This is the Executive Summary of the community report. The full report is due out for public comment by the end of April 2019.

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.

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-Elect 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 Roadmap is synopsized in the Executive Summary, as well as in the reports from the individual workshops, which will be available below when they are complete.

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)

Townhall: A 20-year Roadmap for AI Research

On January 28th, roadmap chairs Yolanda Gil and Bart Selman, along with workshop chairs Marie deJardins, Ken Forbus, Kathy McKeown, Dan Weld, and Tom Dietterich, 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

April: Draft report released to the community

May: Community feedback collected

June: Released to the community

Please stay tuned to the CCC Blog for information on the report and its release.



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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