USI-AI Activities Data List


USI-AI Activities Description Data List Content

The IUSSTF will organize a series of activities to engage government agencies, academic institutions, industries that are creating AI tools and technologies, professional scientific societies, and foundations.

The Call to Action highlights the importance of the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology partnership, articulate the shared vision, and encourage key stakeholders to participate and engage in the discussions to help develop a comprehensive outline for collaboration in Artificial Intelligence.

17th March 2021, Wednesday, 5:30PM-8:00PM IST / 8:00AM-10:30AM EDT / 5:00AM - 7:30AM PDT

Inaugural Talks:

Ashutosh Sharma

Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Jonathan Margolis

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State


Keynote Talks :

Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

Director, National Science Foundation

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Chairman of Axilor Ventures

Panel Discussion: With the USIAI Joint Steering Committee comprising of representatives of the IUSSTF board and lead AI experts.

Roundtbales on Trustworthy AI

Programme Schedule

  • Roundtable 1
  • Roundtable 2
  • Roundtable 3
  • Roundtable 4
  • Roundtable 5
Brief Description
Trustworthy AI for Social Good: AI technologies in the Indian and U.S. contexts

July 27, 2021

Brief Description: As AI technologies are now being used in many varying high risk application domains in India and the U.S., it is imperative that they be worthy of trust. But what are those applications and how are they similar and different in the contexts of the two countries? Are the possible harms and benefits of AI the same? Can AI be a force for empowering society and reducing inequities or will it lead to a dystopian future in both countries? What are the best applications of AI for social good in the context of India and the U.S.?

Principles of Trustworthy AI: Comparing Western and Non-Western conceptions of fairness and AI ethics

July 29, 2021

Brief Description: A principled approach to Trustworthy AI needs to revisit, and think beyond, standard outcome-based notions (e.g., demographic parity, equal opportunity) that are suited to fair classification and aligned with certain civil rights and labor laws in the US. Ethical behavior and trustworthiness are inherently human qualities whose definitions vary based on the underlying context. What is justice, in theory and practice, also varies based on the law of the land. Following the western notion of business, applications of trustworthy AI are often seen as exchange of goods and services with utilities for various stakeholders, supported by certain beliefs about labor, ownership, property, rights. This track will focus on understanding the above in different non-Western contexts, important challenges therein, and fundamental trade-offs between multiple desired properties in trustworthy AI.

Trustworthy Security Systems (Biometrics)

August 3, 2021

Topic Description:   Data-driven modern machine learning and computer vision algorithms are utilized in building (biometrics based) secure identity management systems. These systems have shown superlative performance in several nation-level identity projects. However, challenges such as fairness, robustness against attacks, explainability, trustability, and privacy preserving are still largely unaddressed. In order to build a trustworthy secure society, handling these challenges in the identity management solutions is exceptionally important. This can be achieved via carefully crafting frameworks, building unbiased and robust algorithms, and conscientious implementations of systems with explainability and privacy features. This track will highlight the challenges and possible future directions to mitigate them.

Institutional Trust

August 5, 2021

Topic Description: Trustworthy AI can be developed in two distinct ways: (1) individual AI systems that have properties such as fairness, robustness, and explainability, and (2) the institution of AI as a higher-level concept that is transparent and certified. The first way is more suited for awakening trust among experts, whereas the second way is more suitable for the general public. In this Roundtable, we will focus on the second institutional track for trustworthy AI and discuss the methods that may be pursued. The discussion will consider both United States and India, as well as local and central contexts where there are varying amounts of existing AI regulations.

Federated AI and Computational Trust

August 11, 2021

Brief Description: Federated Learning (FL) is transforming the machine learning ecosystem from “centralized over-the-cloud” to “decentralized across-users”, in order to strengthen users’ privacy, enable much better personalized AI services, and overcome regulatory barriers in large-scale deployment. The goal of this panel is to discuss, shed light, and make recommendations on broad societal and technical fundamental challenges that would arise in FL, in particular on its trustworthiness, reliability, fairness and bias, security, applications, and regulatory aspects.

While the roundtables are closed events, we welcome comments, suggestions, and questions from experts, policymakers and technologists working in these areas. To know more about the roundtables and focus questions being addressed in each of these roundtables please check the full agenda. You can send us your comments and questions at

Provide a platform for academic institutions, industry and government representatives to 

  • Identify emerging research areas
  • Define knowledge and skills needed for different AI careers
  • Address Program and Curriculum Development at different levels.
  • Identify Infrastructure and Resource needs
WORKSHOP I: AI for Social Good
  • Ethics/Values
  • Privacy/Security
  • Autonomous Decision Making
  • Explainability/Transparency
  • Algorithmic Fairness/Bias
WORKSHOP II: Data and Computing Infrastructure
  • Data Sharing
  • Annotation
  • Provenance/Data Quality
  • Benchmarking and Standards
  • Intellectual Property

USI-AI Activities - Focus Area

Focus Area

Health Care
Smart Cities