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Published on June 08, 2024
Oak Ridge National Lab Showcases Next-Gen Innovations at D.C. ExpoSource: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking center stage in governmental conversations about the nation's technological prowess. The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) flexed its AI muscles at the inaugural AI Expo for National Competitiveness in Washington, D.C., held last month. According to a report by ORNL, the lab's researchers and communications specialists were among the foremost participants, eagerly displaying how they're planning to harness AI's boundless potential.

During the Expo, the lab's emphasis was on leading—albeit carefully—down a path to develop secure, energy-efficient, and trustworthy AI solutions. Prasanna Balaprakash, the Director of AI Programs at ORNL, echoed this sentiment during his presentation. "ORNL's participation in the AI Expo underscores our commitment to leading the development of secure, trustworthy and energy-efficient AI solutions for scientific discovery and national security," said Balaprakash in a statement the lab issued.

Representatives from academia, federal agencies, and even private industry came together at the expo to share insights and breakthroughs, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of AI development. Across the board, demonstrations and discussions centered around leveraging AI to tackle global challenges—a testament to the broad-ranging impact this technology aims to have.

Balaprashavk's talk was a key highlight, focusing on how the lab is striving to make AI more sustainable and how such technology intersects with national security and scientific discovery. The laboratory's AI Initiative is evidently well-positioned, aiming to pioneer AI research across multiple sectors. It's clear that ORNL is not just participating in the future of AI—they're actively shaping it.