Innovare hosts ‘Trusted AI At Scale’ event with $ 19 million awarded to small businesses


ROME, NY (WUTR / WFXV / WPNY-TV) – Trusted AI at Scale, an artificial intelligence event presented by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Innovare Advancement Center, will take place virtually July 26-28, 2021. The event is free and open to the public, and will bring together technology leaders from government, academia and industry to explore the challenges of developing safe, secure, robust, capable and efficient AI systems.

Trusted AI at Scale includes two Air Force events: the US Air Force Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (USAF SBIR / STTR) Pitch Day – an AFRL-wide activity led by the AFRL Information Directorate (RI) in Rome – as well as the last part of the Trusted AI Challenge series.

The USAF SBIR / STTR Pitch Day model accelerates the Air Force acquisition schedule, contracting and award process, allowing breakthrough technologies to be developed and transferred to our fighters faster. During the Trusted AI at Scale event, nearly $ 19 million will be awarded on-site to selected small businesses, allowing them to immediately begin research and development for their AI project.

The Trusted AI Challenge series is a collaboration between AFRL, State University of New York (SUNY), Innovare Advancement Center, New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC), Griffiss Institute and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN). This challenge will award up to $ 925,000 for proposals that tackle the reliability of dynamic and autonomous AI systems. This is the third and final installment in the series of workshops that began in October 2020.

“The Air Force recognizes the essential role small businesses and nonprofit research institutes play in furthering our mission and forming partnerships,” said Denise Lee, SBIR / STTR Program Manager, AFWERX Liaison , and co-host of the event. “Trusted AI at Scale is a part of the larger Air Force science and technology ecosystem and was designed to engage and unite the global AI community. I’m excited to be a part of programming that provides a way to work directly with small businesses, drive high-tech innovation, and quickly drive impactful technological advancements. ”

“Large-scale trusted AI is the culmination of significant efforts by Innovare partners in academia, industry and government to improve the reliability of dynamic and autonomous AI systems for the benefit of our national security and of our economic competitiveness, ”said Heather Hage, President and CEO of Institut Griffiss. “The Griffiss Institute is pleased to help implement this program to enable universities and small businesses to advance the state of the art in trustworthy AI. We celebrate the Air Force Research Laboratory and the State University of New York for their leadership in achieving this goal, congratulate the award recipients on their accomplishments, and look forward to hearing the results of these projects.

The three-day event will feature remarks from industry experts including Dr. Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer of Microsoft, and Dr. Mark Maybury, Chief Technology Officer of Stanley Black & Decker; various round tables with questions and answers from the live audience; and inspiring presentations from distinguished government speakers.

“The Trusted AI at Scale event is another step towards promoting a collaborative ecosystem locally, nationally and internationally,” said Kevin Owens, President and CEO of NYSTEC. “As a partner of AFRL via our partnership intermediation agreement [PIA], we are delighted and honored to be a part of this event, which will continue to accelerate in-depth technological innovation and technology transfer.

Trusted AI at Scale is powered by NYSTEC, a partnering intermediary of the AFRL Information Directorate. To learn more about this event, visit

The full list of briefers for this event includes:

  • Mr. Gregory C. Allen, Director of Strategy and Policy, Ministry of Defense Joint Center for Artificial Intelligence (JAIC)
  • Dr Paul Antonik, Chief Scientist, Information Directorate, AFRL
  • Dr. Misty Blowers, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information War Room, Deputy Information Commander, Marine Corps Headquarters
  • Dr Sarah Bibyk, Research psychologist, AFRL
  • Dr Timothy J. Bunning, Chief Technology Officer, AFRL, Air Force Materiel Command
  • Dr Louise Carter, Director, Airman Systems Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, AFRL, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio
  • Dr Victoria Coleman, Chief Scientist, United States Air Force
  • Col Nathan P. Diller, Director, AFWERX
  • Mr. Steven Drager, Principal Electronic Engineer, AFRL
  • Dr Peter Friedland, Senior Scientific Advisor, United States Air Force
  • Col Fred Garcia, director, AFRL / RI
  • Mr. Michael Graniero, Small Business Professional, AFRL / RI
  • Dr Michael Hayduk, deputy director, AFRL / RI
  • Dr Eric Horvitz, Scientific Director, Microsoft
  • Ms. Denise Lee, Program manager SBIR / STTR, AFRL / RI
  • Mr. Jean-Charles (JC) Ledé, Acting Deputy Director of Tactical Technology Bureau, DARPA
  • Dr Ryan Luley, Senior Mathematician, AFRL / RI
  • Dr Joseph Lyons, senior research psychologist; 711 Human Performance Wing, AFRL
  • Dr Mark Maybury, CTO, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Dr Joël Mozer, Chief Scientist, United States Space Force
  • Dr Chris Myers, Principal Scientist in Cognitive Sciences, AFRL
  • Major Jason Rathje, Director of AFAventures, AFWERX
  • Dr William P. Roach, Chief Scientist, AFOSR
  • Dr Steven Rogers, Principal Scientist for Automatic Target Recognition and Sensor Fusion, AFRL
  • Ms. Karen Roth, Chief Engineer, AFRL / RI
  • Capt Matthew Ruden, Director of Innovation and Direction CAG Chief, PEO Digital, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, MA
  • Dr Laura Steckman, Program Officer, AFOSR
  • Dr Matt Turek, Office of Innovation (120) Program Manager, DARPA
  • Dr Alvaro Velasquez, Scientific researcher, AFRL
  • Dr Stuart Wagner, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Air Force Department
  • Mr. Steven Wert, Executive Digital Program Officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)
  • Dr Bryant Wysocki, technical advisor, C4I and cybersystems, Air Force; Associate Director, AFRL / RI

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