Artificial Intelligence

Smart machines—those that can learn and make decisions autonomously—have become a reality. Artificial intelligence researchers in SRI's world-renowned Artificial Intelligence Center develop computer-based systems that exhibit intelligent behavior in complex situations. SRI's applied solutions solve problems, communicate with people in new ways, and interact with the physical world.

For commercial, industrial, and military clients, core artificial intelligence programs include


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SRI is developing software that can uniquely identify a system’s users from spoken and written inputs, rather than using passwords.

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The SAVE framework supports training in virtual environments through automated assessment of learner performance and tools for content authoring.

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SRI’s analysis suggests that the CMG program significantly increased the interdisciplinarity of geoscientists and mathematical scientists it has supported.

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SRI International uses virtual gaming environments to research online behavior across cultures.

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SRI’s visual intelligence system could enable a new era in unmanned robotic surveillance.

SRI, Stanford University, and PARC co-developed an intelligent system for answering English questions about HIV treatment.

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SRI is developing a decision support tool to help analysts forecast and understand the plausible effects of actions taken within complex socio-cultural environments.

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SRI is applying artificial intelligence principles to predict the emergence and spread of memes—ideas that spread from individual to individual, shaping social institutions and inspiring cultural movements.

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SRI is developing an automated reading system that makes the information in textbooks accessible to a range of formal reasoning systems.

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EcoCyc is SRI's bioinformatics database that describes the genome and the biochemical machinery of Escherichia coli.

Products & Solutions

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The SEAS software tool uses best analytic practices to guide analysts in collaboratively reasoning from evidence about potential threats and opportunities.

Karto software

Decades of leading-edge SRI robotics and artificial intelligence research has produced Karto™—robust software for use in robotic navigation, mapping, and exploration.

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Comprehensive symbolic systems biology software used by researchers to create pathway databases for organisms with sequenced genomes. Hundreds of pathway databases within the BioCyc collection facilitate gene expression and metabolomics data analysis, and speed development of metabolic flux models.

Press Releases

The agreement enables academics and scientific industries to detect the next ‘what’s hot’ areas of science and technology, years in advance.

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November 10, 2014—An update to SRI International’s BIoCyc Database Collection offers mobile access and an expanded number of databases to researchers studying genomes and metabolic pathways. Researchers now have access to 5,500 genomes from all domains of life, and information...

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SRI has announced the launch of Kasisto, its latest spin-off venture. Using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology, Kasisto aims to improve the consumer experience on mobile devices through intelligent conversation.

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SRI International today announced the acquisition of Desti, an SRI spin-off venture, by HERE, a Nokia Company, for an undisclosed amount.

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Taking place during National Robotics Week, the event brings together some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders to discuss current trends in robotics while exploring the business, social and innovation implications for the coming years.

SRI and UC Santa Cruz researchers are making a game out of the difficult task of software verification by creating an entertaining and accessible way to find vulnerabilities in software programs or systems.

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Much of the known information about metabolism is now consolidated in MetaCyc, SRI's collection of metabolic reactions and the enzymes that catalyze them.

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As its reservation queue nears zero, SRI spin-off Tempo AI has launched its popular smart calendar app for iOS in Canada.

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Leading thinkers and innovators will gather at SRI headquarters in Menlo Park, California on April 11 to explore how robots are transforming the economy at Xconomy’s "Robots Remake the Workplace."

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Tempo Smart Calendar, a next-generation personal assistant from SRI International spin-off Tempo AI, finds everything needed for upcoming meetings and streamlines routine tasks.

SRI In the News

Science 2.0 noted SRI's leadership in developing Horizon Scanning technology.

EL PAÍS interviewed SRI's Bill Mark on advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

DARPA, the Pentagon’s advanced research arm, is pursing privacy technology. SRI is among the organizations joining the development effort.

The SF Technology Examiner noted insights from SRI Ventures' Norman Winarsky on the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

Forbes highlighted insights from SRI Ventures' Norman Winarsky on artificial intelligence (AI) startups.

SRI has been awarded an $8.5 million DARPA research and development contract to protect shareable data.

WIRED noted SRI's voice-recognition capabilities for mobile banking apps.

Creating Genius Magazine profiled the CEO of SRI spin-off Kasisto.

Gizmag quoted SRI's Ray Perrault on Shakey's impact on Artificial Intelligence.

Tempo launched in 2013 as part of an emerging trend of “smart assistant” mobile apps for email and calendars.


We consider a representation of energy transfer and regulation for biological processes, and consider several example questions that can be answered using this representation.

KB_Bio_101 contains knowledge about processes and mechanisms, and was created from an introductory textbook in biology. We give an overview of its content, summarize the key concepts represented, and give some examples of problems requiring further ontology research.

Personal assistant agents capable of proactively offering assistance can be more helpful to their users through their ability to perform tasks that otherwise would require user involvement. This article characterizes the properties desired of proactive behavior by a personal assistant agent in the...

The Socio-Cultural Analysis Tool (S-CAT) is being developed to help decision makers better understand the plausible effects of actions taken in situations where the impact of culture is both significant and subtle. We describe S-CAT in the context of a hypothetical influence operation that serves...

The ability to proactively offer assistance promises to make personal agents more helpful to their users. We characterize the properties desired of proactive behaviour by a personal assistant agent in the realm of task management, and present an extended agent cognition model that features a meta-...

This report presents an informal review of current research trends in planning and, in particular, my own views on multiagent planning. A short description of the GEMPLAN research project is provided, including both the current state of the system and my future research plans.

Certain restrictions on possible scopings of quantified noun phrases in natural language are usually expressed in terms of formal constraints on binding at a level of logical form.

Any intelligent system that operates in a moderately complex or unpredictable environment must be reactive — that is, it must respond dynamically to changes in its environment.

In 1981 SRI introduced RANSAC, a now widely referenced paradigm for robust communication ideally suited to computer vision (a type of artificial intelligence used in image analysis.

Blog Posts

SRI is exploring a new generation of assistant—a virtual specialist—that helps consumers perform tasks that require deep knowledge of the service and of the consumer’s personal relationship with that service.

With Kasisto, companies can create branded and configurable virtual personal assistants (VPAs) with deep domain knowledge to provide a fully automated, human-like interaction within their mobile applications.

Tempo Smart Calendar for iPhone pulls everything you need for your next event and makes your calendar actionable saving time and increasing productivity

Lola, a new Virtual Personal Assistant for Banking integrates human-like interaction into the user experience.