Navy Wants You to Write Algorithms That Automatically ID Threats



It remains the dream of military imagery analysts who stare at surveillance footage all day: sensors and cameras that alert their human masters to looming threats. The Navy’s next research program wants to make it an overdue reality.

It actually wants to do much more than that, according to a Monday research announcement. But at a minimum, the Navy’s mad scientists want you to help them write stronger, more robust algorithms that can fold different data sets from different sensor systems into a single, unified picture that gives sailors a deeper understanding of the dangers they face.

Or, as the Navy puts it, better algorithms that can enable the development of “key technologies that will enable rapid, accurate decision making by autonomous processes in complex, time varying highly dynamic environments that are probed with heterogeneous sensors and supported by open source data,” according to a new call for papers from the Office of Naval Research.

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