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Michael D Garris

Senior Scientist


Michael Garris is a senior computer scientist and co-founder of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Community of Interest at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he has worked for the past 33 years with a technical focus in the areas of AI, image processing, pattern recognition, and biometrics. Mr. Garris is currently Chief Technology Advisor to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. He is a founding member (and former Co-chair) of the President’s National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML/AI) as well as the NSTC Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee’s AI R&D Interagency Working Group. His work under NSTC includes co-authoring “The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan” (both the 2016 original, and the 2019 update). He serves on the US national body supporting international AI standards development in ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42-AI. For 7 years in his career, Mr. Garris was privileged to manage the world-class biometric research, standards, test, and evaluation Image Group in NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Mr. Garris has a BS in Computer Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins. In 2003, Mr. Garris was part of a biometrics team which received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award. A fun fact – Michael was technical lead of a small team in the early 90’s that collected the original handprint character image dataset now called MNIST, which is used as a worldwide machine learning benchmark.


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