ECE assistant professor Baosen Zhang recently attended the 4th InnovationXLab Artificial Intelligence Summit at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois from Oct. 2-3. The event, hosted by U.S. Secretary of Energy and keynote speaker Rick Perry and the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, discussed the DOE’s latest AI research and the recent establishment of its Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office (AITO) and Artificial Intelligence Program (DOE AI) to “harness and accelerate the Department’s world-class leadership in high-performance computing, facilities, and team science in applying AI across the entire National Laboratory system to increase the pace of discovery in energy, materials science, health care, transportation, and beyond.” Zhang, who researches power systems and cyberphysical systems in the ECE Department at the University of Washington, served on a panel to discuss AI for Energy Grid Optimization, and was the sole representative from the fields of academia and engineering.
“The world is in the midst of the Golden Age of AI, and DOE’s world class scientific and computing capabilities will be critical to securing America’s dominance in this field,” said Secretary Perry. “This new office housed within the Department of Energy will concentrate our existing efforts while also facilitating partnerships and access to federal data, models and high performance computing resources for America’s AI researchers. Its mission will be to elevate, accelerate and expand DOE’s transformative work to accelerate America’s progress in AI for years to come.”
More information on the event and these new initiatives can be found on the InnovationXLab’s blog page.