AI and the fight against chemical weapons

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has recently launched the OPCW Artifical Intelligence Research Challenge. From their press release:

“The OPCW and its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) have been closely monitoring recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and considering both the risks they may pose and the opportunities they may offer.
AI is a transformative technology with applications across various disciplines relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention, including robotics, cloud laboratories, drones, and biotechnology. AI streamlines processes, optimises resource allocation, and drives innovation. In chemistry and related fields, it is accelerating progress by making processes cheaper, faster, and more effective. It is also enhancing safety in the chemical industry, identifying greener alternatives to hazardous industrial chemicals, and promoting chemical recycling and reuse to minimise waste.
The SAB recognises that AI could offer many benefits to the OPCW’s work, helping to achieve its mission of a world free of chemical weapons. The Board encourages scientists from all OPCW Member States to take part in this exciting and innovative research challenge and submit their proposals for consideration.”

Proposal deadline: 9 August 2024

Key topics:

  • Document analysis to identify emerging trends or threats
  • Data mining in chemical forensics
  • Medical countermeasure design
  • Open-source data analysis to corroborate reports of chemical weapons use

About OPCW:
OPCW is one of IUPAC’s key partners with the shared goal of the responsible practice of chemistry under the norms of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Furthermore: 193 States committed to the Chemical Weapons Convention • 98% of the global population live under the protection of the Convention • 100% of the chemical weapons stockpiles declared by possessor States have been verifiably destroyed.


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