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Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting proposals in the area of Intelligent Cognitive Assistants (ICA) for $750,000–$1,500,000 over a period of 3 to 5 years.

The program goals, future applications, and research space for the Intelligent Cognitive Assistant (ICA) initiative are vast, from production to social life. Enhancing human physico-cognitive capabilities, while respecting social, ethical and legal concerns, is a main goal. The ICA program is focused on creating the foundations for holistic artificial intelligence for supporting physical and cognitive human activities, creating modular ICA system architectures and devices enabling scalability and adaptability, and 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.

If you wish to submit a proposal, contact the SRC Proposal Administrator to request a proposal ID. Please include the following

  1. Title of proposal
  2. University name (U.S. universities only)
  3. Principal Investigator’s university phone and e-mail address

Check for an email response from SRC containing your SRC proposal ID and submission instructions.


Submit your SRC proposal by Monday, June 4, 2018, at 5 pm submitter’s local time

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. 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 a main goal.
  4. Natural Human-ICA Interaction: Future human-computer interaction needs to be seamless, comfortable, empathic, trustworthy, and transparent. New paradigms are need 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 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 concerns.


Questions regarding ICA research topics should be addressed to John Oakley, (919-941-9482).

For questions regarding the particulars of the online submission process, contact the SRC proposal administrator.

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