Director, National Security Research Center
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory has initiated a new project that will use artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technology to automatically extract metadata and provide a modern, natural language search capability in its classified library, the National Security Research Center (NSRC). The current manual metadata extraction process will take over 400 years to complete with the current set of digitized documents. The manual method is not sustainable especially since the volume of digitized documents in the NSRC is growing at a rapid pace with the creation of “born digital” documents and the NSRC’s new high-speed digitization labs. This AI/ML system, called Titan on the Red, will reduce this metadata extraction to less than five years. Additionally, there is no method to easily search through the digitized collections. Titan on the Red’s search system will allow researchers to search through Los Alamos’s digital collections using AI/ML technology, which utilizes natural-language syntax. This talk will focus on why a major library like the NSRC needs to use this advanced technology at Los Alamos. The presentation will also explain how the NSRC developed the business case to secure full funding from the Department of Energy.