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DoD JAIC, NSIN Jointly Host Predictive Maintenance Contest; Jack Shanahan Quoted

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Jeff Brody
Jack Shanahan

The Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and the National Security Innovation Network have partnered to administer a three-day challenge on predictive aircraft maintenance. Over 50 hackers from industry and academia gathered at the Into the Dataverse challenge to employ artificial intelligence in military aircraft maintenance, DoD said Monday.

The challenge took place at the University of Michigan’s School of Aeronautical Engineering. Participants exchanged ideas with DoD representatives to present AI systems that classify and measure maintenance activities, with respect to focus areas of data collection and user interface. A group of officials from government and academia served as judges to evaluate entries based on demonstration level, market viability, validation and potential impact.

“This hackathon brought together a diverse group of incredibly talented and innovative people who, in a very short time, developed and presented creative solutions to a challenging problem,” said Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, JAIC director, 2019 Wash100 Award winner and one of the judges.

Winners secured up to $15,000 in funds to continue development of their entries.