AI and Autonomy Workshop

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AI and Autonomy Workshop
25-28 October 2021
10 AM to 6 PM ET
John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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Overview

To foster broad participation from a full spectrum of AI and autonomy leaders, practitioners, analysts, scientists, engineers, and researchers interested in AI and autonomy, this Workshop will be held at the unclassified level.

Within the next five years, the Department of Defense (DoD) will start to deliver AI-enabled capabilities and autonomous systems. Thus, OR analysts must be familiar with the capabilities and limitations of AI and autonomy technologies. Like the February 2019 AI and Autonomy Workshop, this meeting is another step in the journey to build this knowledge set and give analysts a look into the crystal ball at AI-enabled capabilities and autonomous systems.

Defense and Security Applications

Chair: Mr. Dave Saranchak (CTC)
Co-Chair: Mr. Alfred Hull (DoD)

Ethics and Explainability

Chair: Dr. Antonio Giardina (A2I2)
Co-Chairs: Dr. Eric Vorm (NRL) & Mr. Robert Bracknell (NATO)

Test and Evaluation Capabilities

Chair: Dr. Signe Redfield (NRL)
Co-Chair: Dr. Jane Pinelis (JAIC)

Ongoing International and Industrial Applications

Chair: Dr. Mae Seto (Dalhousie University)

Looking Five Years into the Future

Chair: Mr. Maynard Holliday (RAND)
Co-Chairs: Dr. Scott Littlefield (GTRI) & Dr. Melonie Richey (Altamira Technologies Corporation)

Agenda

The Workshop will be seminar-based with a set of sessions focused on various “hot” AI and autonomy topic areas plus select recommendations from the 2019 NDAA directed AI study:

Defense and Security Applications

Chair: Mr. Dave Saranchak (CTC)
Co-Chair: Mr. Alfred Hull (DoD)

This session explores the AI maturity needed to develop and deploy AI/Autonomous systems for defense and security applications. The session will demystify the actions necessary to mature organizational characteristics, analytics capabilities, data, and infrastructure through stages of AI awareness, research and development experimentation, deployment into production, and cultural integration. Attendees will obtain practical experience and insights from specific use-cases, perspectives, rules of thumb, and experienced difficulties.

Ethics and Explainability

Chair: Dr. Antonio Giardina (A2I2)
Co-Chairs: Dr. Eric Vorm (NRL) & Mr. Robert Bracknell (NATO)

AI is deepening our world in new ways and creating opportunities for improvements in Defense and other sectors. AI’s apparent blackbox nature is however, fueling debates around ethics and explainability in increasingly complex ways. Issues such as bias, fairness, privacy, trust, and transparency are ubiquitous, and necessitate further conversations around the role of ethics and explainability in the design, implementation, operationalization, and regulation of AI. This session will present current national and international concerns in this arena to motivate efforts towards more explainable and ethical AI frameworks.

Test and Evaluation Capabilities

Chair: Dr. Signe Redfield (NRL)
Co-Chair: Dr. Jane Pinelis (JAIC)

This session will provide a primer on the challenges and existing research being done in the domain of test and evaluation of autonomous and AI-based systems. It will address the various ways in which low level performance evaluation and benchmarking of these systems are supported, and how these low level metrics and techniques can be connected to higher level operational goals to determine the overall effectiveness and operational utility of autonomous and AI-based systems.

Ongoing International and Industrial Applications

Chair: Dr. Mae Seto (Dalhousie University)

This session addresses applications and research in other countries and domains that may advance the technology base for military AI and Autonomy. Current AI, Machine Learning (ML), and autonomy technologies have significant deficiencies that are being addressed in research programs outside the normal visibility of the military, operations research, and Five Eye communities. Session #4 will focus on high risk and disruptive efforts that may produce innovative advances in our core missions. Of specific interest are deterrence, operations in the grey zone, and understanding surprise.

Looking Five Years into the Future

Chair: Mr. Maynard Holliday (RAND)
Co-Chairs: Dr. Scott Littlefield (GTRI) & Dr. Melonie Richey (Altamira Technologies Corporation)

AI developments in the next five years, if implemented correctly, will continue to improve military operations. What’s unknown is how decisive an advantage that will be and whether the gap between our near peers is widening or closing. This session will explore where we are across a number of dimensions, including autonomy, neural networks, and computer vision, as well as the strategic, operational, and tactical implementation of AI/ML.

Registration

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AI 3 Day Meeting
   Member Non-Member
US Federal Government MORS Sponsor
Includes Optional Tutorial
$450 $550
U.S. Federal Government
Includes Optional Tutorial
$500 $600
National Research Partner(IDA Only)
Includes Optional Tutorial
$523 $618
All Others
Includes Optional Tutorial
$550 $650


Security

Who can attend (Clearance Requirements):

This meeting is open to U.S. citizens and FVEY Partners (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK). Non U.S. citizens of U.S. allies may attend at the discretion of MORS. Non U.S. attendees will be notified if their registration to attend is not accepted.

Lodging

Homewood Suites Columbia/Laurel
Rate: $108
Address: 7531 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD 20723
Phone: (240) 360-2725