Army shines light on AI, machine learning research at virtual conference


ADELPHI, Md. — Army researchers organized and chaired a scientific conference to advance artificial intelligence and machine learning — virtually — to help build the foundation for the future force.

The 2020 International Society for Optics and Photonics Defense and Commercial Sensing Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Multi-Domain Operations Applications II, slated to take place in Anaheim, California, April 26-30; however, given the current global environment, the event quickly transformed into a free virtual conference online.

“The goals of this conference are to promote understanding of near-term and far-term implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning for multi-domain operations, and to gain awareness of research and development activities,” said Latasha Solomon from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory. “The laboratory understands the operational importance of AI for the Army and was inspired to organize the first conference in the spring of 2018.”

Solomon and Dr. Tien Pham, also from the laboratory, led the effort, with over 90 invited and contributing papers as part of the SPIE Defense + Commercial Digital Forum, April 27 to May 1.

AI and machine learning are building blocks for the Army Modernization Priorities. Officials plan to leverage future AI and machine learning capabilities to provide intelligence support. As part of the Army’s number one modernization priority, an AI Hub will lead development into an intelligence support platform designed to identify, assess and prioritize threats based on real time updates from all available sensors, both manned and unmanned.

The technology also shows promise for automated threat recognition, which may help to develop systems to support an automated vehicle and fleet of vehicles, which would support the Next Generation Combat Vehicle priority.






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