WASHINGTON – Portuguese-born Daniela Braga, founder of DefinedCrowd, a Seattle-based startup that specializes in artificial intelligence, is among the 12 members who will make up Biden administration’s National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Resource Task Force.
Announced on June 10, the new task force “will write the road map for expanding access to critical resources and educational tools that will spur AI innovation and economic prosperity nationwide,” according to a White House press release.
Braga, who moved to the United States in 2012 and founded DefinedCrowd three years later, said she was “truly honored and humbled” by this appointment.
“The Task Force will provide recommendations for establishing and sustaining the NAIRR (National AI Research Resource), including technical capabilities, governance, administration, and assessment, as well as requirements for security, privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties,” she posted to her LinkedIn account. “This is another step to have our country continuing to lead AI in the world in an ethic and unbias fashion.”
The AI Task Force will submit two reports to Congress that together will present a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan — an interim report in May 2022 and final report in November 2022, according to the White House press release.
DefinedCrowd – which specializes in collecting, processing and structuring training data for artificial intelligence – was included in Forbes America’s top 50 most promising artificial intelligence companies in 2019. That same year, CB Insights – a business analytics platform and global database – classified it as one of the top 100 most promising AI startups in the world.
Braga has been the recipient of several awards, including the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Northwest 2020 Award and the João Vasconcelos 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, which brings together leading experts who have distinguished themselves for their entrepreneurial experience and thought leadership on artificial intelligence.
“What moves me is always looking for the next challenge. Always getting myself out of my comfort zone. And passion for technology that changes the world,” she said.
Braga describes herself as visionary and world citizen. Before moving to the United States, she lived for some time in Spain and China. She has visited more than 50 countries.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese Language and Literature from the Universidade do Porto (Portugal), a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Universidade do Minho (Portugal) and a PhD in Speech Technology from the University of A Coruna (Spain).
She previously worked at VoiceBox Technologies and Microsoft, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Washington.
Also appointed to the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Resource Task Force were:
· Lynne Parker, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (Co-Chair)
· Erwin Gianchandani, National Science Foundation (Co-Chair)
· Mark Dean, retired (formerly IBM and University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
· Oren Etzioni, Allen Institute for AI
· Julia Lane, New York University
· Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University
· Andrew Moore, Google
· Michael Norman, University of California, San Diego
· Dan Stanzione, University of Texas, Austin
· Frederick Streitz, Department of Energy
· Elham Tabassi, National Institute of Standards and Technology
“America’s economic prosperity hinges on foundational investments in our technological leadership,” said Science Advisor to the President and OSTP Director Eric Lander in a prepared statement. “The National AI Research Resource will expand access to the resources and tools that fuel AI research and development, opening opportunities for bright minds from across America to pursue the next breakthroughs in science and technology.”
For more information about the National AI Initiative and the NAIRR, please visit AI.gov.