The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded a R&D contract to University of Dayton Research Institute for bringing advancements in autonomous capabilities to US Air Force (USAF). URDI has awarded $88 million for carrying R&D through the programme. The programme called ‘Soaring Otter’ will conduct research and development to advance AI capabilities of USAF.
The UDRI has already been awarded an initial funding of $1.8 Million. The program will focus on development of autonomous technologies right from lab to the battle field. The programme will involve testing of neuromorphic computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data exploration, and more such autonomy technology capabilities. According to top investigator of UDRI these technologies will be implemented to collect and process information.
The information post analysis will be used to implement actions. The principal investigator of the programme at revealed it will work on the areas that USAF is highly focusing on. The UDRI will work on using autonomy technologies for solving complex problems related to situational awareness, data sharing, and decision making. has developed specialised expertise to work on these areas.
UDRI expertise includes machine learning, automated decision making, testing, planning, analysis, and more such crucial areas. The contract awarded to will execute the programme ‘Soaring Otter’ and conduct research and development to advance AI capabilities of USAF. UDRI will execute the program with team of partners and experts in the aforementioned areas. The experts have deep knowledge of real world requirements and will guide to development of autonomy technology.