Established by the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC) brings together AI creators and users, academics, government and industry researchers, and civil society organizations to meet this initiative.

The only stakeholder in South Dakota, USD is one of over 200 leading AI organizations in the nation that make up the consortium. KC Santosh, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Computer Science, is principal investigator for USD and will work with the AISIC manager in several groups. Santosh will work in risk management, synthetic content, red-teaming, and safety and security.

“This consortium collaborates on research, standards development, and best practices to address the challenges and risks associated with AI implementation,” said Santosh. “This is indeed groundbreaking news for our sustainable AI research, engineering and innovation endeavors, as well as for workforce development nationwide, originating from the state of South Dakota.”

The entities in the AISIC represent the nation’s largest companies and its innovative startups; creators of the world’s most advanced AI systems and hardware; key members of civil society and the academic community; and representatives of professions with deep engagement in AI’s use today. The consortium also includes state and local governments, as well as nonprofits. The consortium will also work with organizations from like-minded nations that have a key role to play in setting interoperable and effective safety around the world.

“USD will leverage its technical expertise, cutting-edge AI models, advanced risk assessment tools, and proprietary algorithms developed through our research initiatives,” said Santosh.

View the full list of consortium participants.

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