Kitware Joins Department of Commerce Consortium Dedicated to AI Safety

February 8, 2024
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New U.S. Government safety institute brings together a select group of industry leaders dedicated to advancing the development and deployment of safe, trustworthy AI

Clifton Park, N.Y. (February 8, 2024) – Kitware, a leader in ethical and explainable artificial intelligence (AI), is proud to announce that it joined a Department of Commerce initiative to support the development and deployment of trustworthy and safe AI. Established by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC) will bring together AI creators and users, academics, government and industry researchers, and civil society organizations to meet this mission. More than 200 of the nation’s leading AI stakeholders are participating in this ground-breaking, important program.

“Kitware’s commitment to AI for social good has positioned us at the forefront of research in ethical AI. We’ve generated methods and leading studies in developing trustworthy AI, how it can make moral decisions like humans, and how it can be harnessed to benefit society while minimizing risk,” said Anthony Hoogs, Ph.D., vice president of artificial intelligence at Kitware. “As members of the AISIC, we will continue to advance ethical and explainable AI and support others to ensure this technology is being used in accordance with our morals and cultural values.” Kitware is an established leader in R&D for ethical AI, performing significant research efforts since 2016 funded by DARPA, CDAO, and other federal agencies.

The consortium includes more than 200 member companies and organizations that are on the frontlines of developing and using AI systems, as well as the civil society and academic teams that are building the foundational understanding of how AI can and will transform our society. These entities represent the nation’s largest companies and its innovative startups; creators of the world’s most advanced AI systems and hardware; key members of civil society and the academic community; and representatives of professions with deep engagement in AI’s use today. The consortium also includes state and local governments, as well as non-profits. The consortium will also work with organizations from like-minded nations that have a key role to play in setting interoperable and effective safety around the world.

“The U.S. government has a significant role to play in setting the standards and developing the tools we need to mitigate the risks and harness the immense potential of artificial intelligence. President Biden directed us to pull every lever to accomplish two key goals: set safety standards and protect our innovation ecosystem. That’s precisely what the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium is set up to help us do,” said Secretary Raimondo. “Through President Biden’s landmark Executive Order, we will ensure America is at the front of the pack – and by working with this group of leaders from industry, civil society, and academia, together we can confront these challenges to develop the measurements and standards we need to maintain America’s competitive edge and develop AI responsibly.”

The full list of consortium participants is available here.

About Kitware

Kitware delivers innovation to its customers. As a software research and development company, Kitware solves the world’s most complex scientific challenges using custom software solutions built on open source technology. In addition to custom software development, the company also offers technical support and training services to anyone using its open source tools. Since its founding in 1998, Kitware has developed a reputation for its unparalleled technical expertise and excellent customer service. The company is proud to be 100% employee-owned. For additional information, visit or follow them on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook


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