by Katharyn Burkhead
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) — The University of Oklahoma has joined a newly formed U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC).
Led by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology, the consortium aims to connect the largest group of artificial intelligence (AI) developers, users, researchers, and affected groups worldwide to promote the creation of safe and trustworthy AI.
"OU is a national leader in trustworthy AI for weather research and is at the forefront of AI/ML research in many fields, coordinated by our Data Institute for Societal Challenges. We're excited to apply OU's expertise to support the goals of this national consortium," said OU Vice President for Research and Partnerships Tomás Díaz de la Rubia.
OU's role in the consortium involves its Data Institute for Societal Challenges (DISC), led by director David Ebert, and the OU-led NSF AI Institute for Research and Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography, known as AI2ES directed by Amy McGovern, the Lloyd G. and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor in the Gallogly College of Engineering and professor in the School of Meteorology.
OU's DISC will collaborate to address AI's complex challenges to ensure positive outcomes nationally and globally. It is also said to advance industry standards in AI development and deployment.
"At DISC, we understand the critical importance of ensuring the safety and trustworthiness of artificial intelligence as it increasingly shapes our world. Our experience in addressing real-world challenges through data-driven solutions uniquely positions the University of Oklahoma to be a leader in the U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute Consortium," said Ebert.
AISIC was created to advance the "Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence Executive Order of October 30, 2023" and will stimulate activities to inspire innovation and advance trustworthy and responsible AI. Participants like DISC and AI2ES will 'provide expertise on 20 different areas, including human-AI teaming and interaction, AI governance, AI system design and development, responsible AI, and more.'
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