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Do you have research in the area of Intelligent Cognitive Assistants? Submit your proposals now to the Semiconductor Research Corporation for their Intelligent Cognitive Assistants program! This program provides supplemental funding for the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Advancing Cognitive and Physical Capabilities (FW-HTF)

Program goals

The ICA program aims to enhance human physico-cognitive capabilities while respecting social, ethical and legal concerns. Additionally, the program aspires to create the foundations for holistic artificial intelligence for supporting physical and cognitive human activities, creating modular ICA system architectures and devices enabling scalability and adaptability, as well as improving the human-intelligent machine interface. This will be achieved with a wide range of domain expertise and should revolve around the common themes from the ICA workshop. The detailed research needs can be found in the ICA workshop report.

The research themes

  1. Contextual knowledge: Contextual knowledge is the key to aggregating the ever-growing volume of stimuli and limiting feedback to the user. Contextual knowledge is also temporal, meaning context can change quickly over time. There is a need to develop a common ‘world model’ of knowledge.
  2. Holistic AI: Cognitive AI must have a combination of long-term, machine learning and fast, one-shot learning. Future “Holistic AI” systems will combine different reasoning and learning methods with end-to-end intelligence.
  3. Social Science: Humans are complex, emotional and dynamic; any future Intelligent Agent will need to be adaptable to a given user. Enhancing human physico-cognitive capabilities, while respecting social, ethical and legal concerns, is the main goal.
  4. Natural Human-ICA Interaction: Future human-computer interaction needs to be seamless, comfortable, empathic, trustworthy and transparent. New paradigms are needed beyond screen and keyboards. Humans should be able to query and modify future Intelligent Agents.
  5. Edge Processing: Future Intelligent Agents will need to do everything much more locally, which requires significant improvements in low power, edge processing. New computing architectures will be needed. User context and knowledge will need to stay local to ensure privacy.

How to submit 

  1. To submit a proposal, you must first send your proposal to the National Science Foundation. Save the PDF file that you received from NSF FastLane.  The letter of intent is due to the NSF by Monday, April 16, 2018, and the full proposal must be submitted by Monday, June 4, 2018.
  2. Next, submit your same proposal to the Semiconductor Research Corporation by obtaining an SRC proposal ID, which is different from the NSF proposal ID.
  3. Along with it, generate a cover page for your proposal.
  4. Prepare your proposal by creating a PDF file with the signed SRC proposal cover page, incorporated with the NSF proposal as submitted.
  5. Upload this completed SRC proposal as PDF.

Questions? Consult the ICA Workshop Summary and Research Needs.

 

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