U.S. Army announces AI research admission

The US Army's Artificial Intelligence Integration Center (AI2C) has announced a call for research and development (R&D) in artificial intelligence (AI). AI2C also stands ready to accept proposals in support of new technologies and translational research-based approaches that support the identification, alignment and use of basic, applied and advanced research and technology.

In particular, AI2C is interested in basic and applied research, technological development and, under certain conditions, component and prototype development. The announcement does not apply to the acquisition of technical, engineering and other types of devices.

AI2C's areas of interest include:

Autonomous platforms - in particular, the Army is interested in research into autonomous ground and air vehicles capable of operating in open, urban and cluttered environments;

AI and Machine Learning Algorithms - The Army is interested in major algorithmic improvements such as improved methods for collecting, labeling, using, managing and tracking data and models trained on it;

AI Decision Making - The Army is interested in researching AI algorithms and systems to improve decision making in all military units;

Analytical and Human-Machine Interfaces - The Army is interested in AI and machine learning research in areas that can reduce cognitive load on humans and improve overall performance through human-machine interaction;

Data Virtualization and Synthetic Environments - The Army is interested in research that improves situational awareness, as well as visualization and navigation through big data to improve operational performance, training and preparedness;

Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) - The Army is interested in research using new PNT technologies in a variety of fields, including autonomous vehicles, communications and ground navigation;

Perception - The Army is interested in a detailed understanding of the environment and activities in the areas where it operates. Research is needed on sensors and related processing to detect people, equipment, weapons, and any other object or activity of interest. The army is interested in sensors for detecting all targets, even if they are not visible, for detecting targets based on physical, behavioral, cybernetic or other signatures, as well as sensing methods for detecting chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats;

Communications and Networks - It is very important that the Army maintains safe and reliable communications for soldiers, vehicles and fixed locations even in harsh conditions. Research is needed in several areas, including cyber defense technologies and AI-based offensive capabilities;

Internet of Things (IoT) - The military needs to better integrate a wide range of capabilities and equipment and capitalize on commercial developments in the industrial and consumer Internet of Things. Research is needed on new machine learning methods;

Human performance - technologies that reduce the mental and physical stress on soldiers and allow them to respond faster than the enemy would like;

Foundational Methodologies - Methods, frameworks, tools, objects, techniques, and experimental concepts that underlie advanced research and development.

Translational research is a relatively new concept that involves the use of fundamental developments directly in practice (for example, from the laboratory table to the patient's bed) using a certain combination of research stages.

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