DARPA Developing Self-Assessment Capabilities for Autonomous Systems

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched the Competency-Aware Machine Learning program intent on developing autonomous systems that can continuously and rapidly perform self-checks in unpredictable situations, DARPA said Thursday. The agency is looking for proposers to provide machine learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition and other capabilities for autonomous technology as part of the project.

According to DARPA, the program will result in a “force-multiplying effect” where humans and machine-learning based systems would collaborate efficiently in time-critical and constantly changing scenarios. Jiangying Zhou, program manager for DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, said the dynamic can be useful for technologies such as self-driving vehicles, which require performance assessments while traveling in fluctuating natural conditions.

DARPA will hold a proposer’s day via pre-recorded webcast on Feb. 20. The research entity expects to release a broad agency announcement in mid-February.

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