Michael Garris



Michael Garris

Senior Scientist, Chair NIST AI Community of Interest
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Michael Garris

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 31 years with a technical focus in the areas of AI, image processing, pattern recognition, and biometrics.  Mr. Garris serves on behalf of the Department of Commerce as co-chair for the President’s National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML/AI), and he served as member of the NSTC Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee’s AI Task Force.  In these roles, 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.”  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 continues to provide biometric and identity-related senior leadership and coordination within the Image Group, and he co-chairs the Interagency Forum on Biometrics and Identity (IFBId).  He 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.

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