Department of Energy Advances Artificial Intelligence

Source: DOE, October 2, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted its fourth InnovationXLab Summit in Chicago, Illinois. Secretary Perry instituted the collaborative model of the InnovationXLab to connect the private sector with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratories. Today’s Summit focused on existing and potential opportunities for partnerships between the Department and the private sector in the Artificial Intelligence space. Surrounding the Summit, Secretary Perry, Deputy Secretary Brouillette and other senior DOE leadership announced several new developments in the Department’s ongoing efforts to advance AI.


  • The Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $35 million in new funding for the development of tools and systems that will enable reduced expense and increased flexibility in the operation and maintenance at nuclear power plants with their Generating Electricity Managed by Intelligent Nuclear Assets (GEMINA) program.
  • In addition, DOE’s Office of Science announced $13 million in funding for five research projects aimed at improving AI as a tool of scientific investigation and prediction. The projects involve scientists at nine research institutions, including both DOE national laboratories and universities.

“AI can impact people’s lives through our innovation and ingenuity in ways the world has never seen before,” said Secretary Rick Perry. “The Golden Age of AI is here to advance human progress and achievement at a record breaking pace.”

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