Eligible innovators based in the UK may apply for this Pit Stop, after which they may apply for funding for research.
Successful proposals that have been submitted after the Pit Stop could potentially lead to Dstl funding contracts with collaborators in order to further explore and develop their ideas.
A share of £100,000 is available for the purpose of funding research into how automation and machine intelligence might analyse data in order to enhance decision making within the defence and security sectors.
Digital Catapult will run a Pit Stop alongside the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) during March 2017, an event which is designed to help accelerate the growth of new ideas.
In order to continue to generate effective intelligence, UK military and security organisations will need to be able to process large amounts of data in order to support, guide and inform personnel during defence and humanitarian efforts. Ensuring competent data processing and extraction is an important aspect of any military mission, whether it be by land, sea or air. Through providing Science and Technology support to the defence and security of the UK, Dstl aims to utilise the large amount of varied data sources at its disposal in an efficient and effective manner, whilst making the most of modern advances in autonomy.
The purpose of the Pit Stop is to improve understanding and use of the multidisciplinary area of "autonomous agents" for the purpose of operational planning. Autonomous agents combine a range of technologies and it is anticipated that they will become increasingly prevalent across a number of industries. Some simple autonomous agents, for example Siri and Google Now are readily available to the public. It is anticipated that as the area of machine intelligence and data advances, the functionality of autonomous agents will continue to expand.
The Pit Stop will address how the planning of military operations by human analysts might be informed by autonomous agents, seeking to answer questions such as the following:
- How data analysis might be used to alleviate the burden of searching and analysing large scale, varied defence data sets.
- How might actionable intelligence be produced by autonomous agents?
- How might Natural Language Processing and associated fields bring about improvements in regards to the interface between computers and analysts?
- What may be done to inspire trust and confidence in autonomous agents?
Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further information regarding any restrictions that may apply.
This event is open to businesses, organisations, innovators and academics. Experienced innovators with expertise in the following areas are welcome to apply:
- Machine learning
- Artificial intelligence
- Machine intelligence
- Big data
- Predictive analytics
- Automated planning
- Autonomous intelligence systems
- Cognitive science
The applicant does not necessarily need to have had previous experience working within the defence and security sectors.
Information regarding match funding has not been stipulated. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further information.
Any funding obtained should be put towards supporting further research.
The deadline to apply for this Pit Stop will be Friday 27 January 2017.
Interested parties should complete the online application form. Places will be given to those who have the most appropriate skills, expertise, services and products that fit with the open call. Applicants should receive a response within 14 days of the deadline. The Pit Stop will take place 2-3 March 2017 at the Digital Catapult Centre, London.
Participants will be encouraged to submit detailed proposals for further research and for a share of the £100,000 funding that is available through this scheme.