Portuguese American Journal

Appointed: Daniela Braga joins the Biden Administration – Washington, DC

Portuguese born Daniela Braga, founder of DefinedCrowd, was appointed by Biden administration’s National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Resource Task Force, whose 12-member team mission is to advise the federal government.

The team will prepare a guide for the creation of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Center, a platform for sharing research and providing artificial information to AI students and researchers.

According to the official news release, issued by the National Science Foundation, the task force will make recommendations for establishing and maintaining this platform. It will also have to send two reports to Congress, with a development guide and implementation plan for this tool. The interim report will be submitted in May 2022 and the final report in November of the same year.

Braga, who moved to the United States in 2012 and founded DefinedCrowd three years later, said she was “truly honored and humbled” by this appointment.

DefinedCrowd – which specializes in collecting, processing and structuring training data for artificial intelligence – was included in Forbes America’s top 50 most promising artificial intelligence companies in 2019. That same year, CB Insights – a business analytics platform and global database – classified it as one of the top 100 most promising AI startups in the world.

Daniela Braga holds a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese Language and Literature from the University of Porto (Portugal), a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Minho (Portugal) and a PhD in Speech Technology from the University of A Coruna (Spain). She has worked at VoiceBox Technologies and Microsoft and was a guest lecturer at the University of Washington.

She has been the recipient of several awards, including the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Northwest 2020 Award and the João Vasconcelos 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, which brings together leading experts on AI.




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