Michael Garris

Michael Garris is a Senior Technical Advisor focused on emerging technologies’ impacts on society. Mike serves the SCSP through a collaboration with the MITRE Corporation where he is a Senior Technical Advisor for AI and Autonomy. He is retired from the National Institute of Standards and Technology having devoted 34 years to areas of AI, image processing, pattern recognition, and biometrics. While in federal service, Mike served and led several interagency science and technology groups out of the White House, and he was honored to serve as the Chief Technical Advisor to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Mike has a BS in Computer Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins. 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.