The Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a 2-day virtual workshop on December 17 and 21, 2021, to explore insights from world-class experts and technologists familiar with the extensive range of issues associated with anticipating rare events—those characterized by a very low probability of occurring—of major significance. Over the course of the 2-day workshop, the speakers discussed analytical methods, computational advances, data sources, and risk assessment approaches for anticipating rare events, including natural disasters, pandemics, anthropogenic threats, and widespread technological change. This proceedings is a factual summary of the presentations and discussion of the workshop.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Anticipating Rare Events of Major Significance: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26698.
|1 Introduction and Overview||1-2|
|2 Mathematical Foundations for Anticipating Rare Events||3-4|
|3 Detection, Indications, and Warnings||5-10|
|4 Planning, Forecasting, and Intelligence Preparation||11-16|
|5 Fireside Chat - Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict the Occurrence of Sepsis||17-19|
|6 Fireside Chat - Rare Events and Insurance||20-22|
|7 Multisource Information Fusion, Situation Assessment, and Course of Action Selection||23-29|
|8 Active Prevention and Deterrence||30-37|
|9 Concluding Remarks||38-40|
|Appendix A: Statement of Task||43-43|
|Appendix B: Workshop Agenda||44-46|
|Appendix C: Planning Committee Biographies||47-49|
|Appendix D: Speaker Biographies||50-54|
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