NSF Workshop on Smart Cyberinfrastructure

February 25 - 27

Final Report

Developing a roadmap towards the Next Generation of Smart Cyberinfrastructure:
Efficiency and Productivity through Artificial Intelligence, ML, and Smart Technologies

This NSF workshop on Smart Cyberinfrastructure aims at engaging the research community and develop a common view on the current state of the art, and a joint vision of the overarching research challenges and transformative potential in AI, ML, and other Smart Technologies concerning efficient and productive use of NSF sponsored Cyberinfrastructure. In light of the thousands of research papers currently published in just the main venues of AI/ML, coherent development of a Smart Cyberinfrastructure will be crucial to accelerate progress, share outcomes, train the workforce, and avoid repeated dead ends. Moreover, a shared research vision will enable identification of the most crucial gaps in existing capabilities and, more importantly, what research directions are least likely to be filled by commercial applications or existing efforts.

This community engagement will allow assembling a cohesive overview of the state of the art in Machine learning, AI, and smart technologies as it relates to several cyberinfrastructure focus areas including:

  • Accelerating AI/ML algorithms on NSF Enabled Cyberinfrastructure
  • Improve Efficient Use of the NSF Enable Cyberinfrastructure through AI/ML technologies
  • Easy and productive access to AI/ML tools for science a large community of science stakeholders

Based on the plenary presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and community white-papers, we will identify existing gaps, priority research directions, the potential for experimental testbeds that require research investments to help deliver NSF’s mission priorities in science and engineering. In particular, we will focus on aspects that have the potential of providing transformational capabilities and are unlikely to be pursued by industry and therefore require direct support from the NSF. Overall, we will document the workshop findings and recommendations with a community report to be made public soon after the workshop.