Michael Garris is a senior scientist and founder/chair of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Community of Interest at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he has worked for the past 32 years with a technical focus in the areas of AI, image processing, pattern recognition, and biometrics.
Mr. Garris has served as co-chair for the President’s National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML/AI), and is a member of the NSTC Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee’s AI R&D Interagency Working Group, chairing its AI R&D Discussion Series.
He serves on the US national body supporting international AI standards development in ISO/IEC JTC1 SC42-AI.
In 2016, Mr. Garris co-authored two national strategy reports, “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,” and “The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.”
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.