Women in Computing

The promise and pitfalls of AI. Artificial Intelligence: Do you trust it?

Kathleen FisherOffice Director, Information Innovation Office (I2O)DARPA
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Kathleen Fisher

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We have seen significant progress in AI over the last ten years, predominantly driven by dramatic advances in machine learning and particularly deep learning. Society is realizing the benefits across a wide range of application domains. However, within the military, the consequence of making a wrong decision based on AI could be catastrophic. And the DoD must defend against nation-state level adversaries with significant resources, the ability to create deception, and the desire to change our way of life. DARPA is funding research in trustworthy AI technologies and systems that can be trusted to perform as expected despite the efforts of sophisticated adversaries. In this presentation, I will discuss research efforts in AI systems that we can trust with our (and warfighters’) lives and explore fundamental advances beyond statistical ML that appear promising toward reaching the goal of trustworthy AI.


Dr. Kathleen Fisher assumed the role of office director for DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) in May 2022. In this position, she leads program managers in the development and transition of technologies and capabilities to ensure information advantage for the United States and its allies. Fisher joined DARPA from Tufts University, where she was a Professor in of Computer Science, and also served as chair of the department. Earlier, she was a principal member of the technical staff at AT&T Labs Research. Fisher is a Hertz Foundation fellow, an AAAS fellow, an ACM fellow, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College.