September 2020 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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NIST Congressional and
Legislative Affairs

Constituent Newsletter  – September 2020

Recent News

Launch of New Public Safety Challenge

The Public Safety Communications Research  (PSCR) division of NIST has launched the Enhancing Computer Vision for Public Safety Challenge to create a new line of research into computer vision that will assist with the development of life-saving tools for public safety.  PSCR seeks solvers to create image datasets that depict camera capture problems, such as grime on the lens or sun flare, that cause issues for computer vision applications. These training datasets will help further image quality research and development aimed at better diagnosing and predicting camera problems.

During this 2-phase challenge, NIST PSCR will award up to $240,000.  Additional information about this challenge can be found on the challenge website.

NIST Report on AI Explainability

NIST is seeking feedback on a recently released report on AI Explainability.  The report proposes a set of principles by which we can judge how explainable AI’s decisions are.  The draft publication, Four Principles of Explainable Artificial Intelligence (Draft NISTIR 8312), is intended to stimulate a conversation about what we should expect of our decision-making devices.   

The report is part of a broader NIST effort to help develop trustworthy AI systems. NIST’s foundational research aims to build trust in these systems by understanding their theoretical capabilities and limitations and by improving their accuracy, reliability, security, robustness and explainability, which is the focus of this latest publication. 

NIST is accepting comments on the draft until October 15, 2020.  For more details, visit NIST's webpage on AI explainability

Privacy Workforce Taxonomy

We’ve heard consistently that recruitment and development of a skilled and knowledgeable privacy workforce is a challenge. NIST is kicking off an effort to develop a privacy workforce taxonomy, aligned with the NIST Privacy Framework and National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework, to provide a common language around roles, tasks, knowledge, and skills. 

Join us at the upcoming virtual workshop Help Wanted: Growing a Workforce for Managing Privacy Risk that the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) will host on September 22-24, 2020. This workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, read our recently published blog post and follow the effort here

Upcoming Events

Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science Public Update Meeting

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science Public Update Meeting will take place virtually on September 30, 2020. 

The OSAC works to strengthen the nation’s use of forensic science by facilitating the development of scientifically sound forensic science standards and by promoting the use of those standards by the forensic science community.

This event will include presentations on activity updates, including the latest standards actions, research gaps, challenges being addressed, and priorities for the upcoming year.  Attendees will be offered an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. All presentations and questions from the audience will be available for future on-demand viewing.  For more information including registration and agenda, please click here

2020 Baldrige Fall Conference

Join us for the annual Baldrige Fall Conference October 21st – October 22nd

This popular national conference features presentations from leaders of the 2019 Baldrige Award recipients sharing their proven performance management practices and real-world insights of resilience and agility in the face of unprecedented challenges.  You'll also hear from leaders of prior Baldrige recipients, high-performance organizations such as General Mills and Chevrolet, as well as thought leaders from across the country. 

Registration is OPEN!  Enjoy early bird pricing through Monday, September 21st.