DoD’s AI and Autonomy Research and Priorities: May 30

Portrait of Kimberly Sablon

Title: “Trusted AI and Autonomy Roadmap - A Holistic, System of Systems Approach to Development of Resilient AI and Autonomy”
When: Thursday, May 30, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Where: Laukka Room, McNamara Alumni Center; Via Zoom

Dr. Kimberly Sablon, Principal Director for Trusted AI & Autonomy (TAI&A) (see also here) at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), will provide an overview of the TAI&A roadmap which reviews the Department of Defense’s research and modernization priorities within AI and Autonomy, which require ensuring we remain at the cutting edge of these technologies. Dr. Sablon will outline the DoD's current capabilities and identify critical technology goals that will enhance capacity in AI and autonomous systems, including leveraging advances in distributed ML and Edge computing to enable distributed AI architectures that minimize the dependency on massive data aggregation for AI-empowered decision superiority.

Interested faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend in person or online via Zoom.

Presenter Bio
Dr. Kimberly Sablon is the Principal Director for Trusted AI and Autonomy at the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)). In this role, she oversees AI/ML and autonomy research activities across the DOD enterprise. She also has responsibility for shaping the strategic direction for integrated AI and autonomy with an emphasis on trust and responsible decision making.  Previously, Dr. Sablon served as the Army’s S&T Director – setting strategic direction and with responsibility and oversight of $2.6B per year budget. She also served as the Director for Basic Research in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology where she was responsible for formulating and defending selected basic research budgets, programs, plans, priorities and investments to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and to Congress. Dr. Sablon received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Arkansas in 2009. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to nine scientific and technical books.