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Raytheon Awarded $6M CAML Contract by DARPA for Machine Learning; Ilana Heintz Quoted

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a $6 million contract for the Competency Aware Machine Learning (CAML) program to Raytheon, the company announced on Monday.

The contract is to facilitate communication conditions where machine learning systems from CAML can communicate to human operators what they have learned about a situation, under what conditions the machines absorbed information the best, and the situations when the learned strategies are most appropriate. This could  address the problem of Machine Learning systems needing human decision assistance in combat situations.

“The CAML system turns tools into partners…Once the system has developed these skills, the team will apply it to a simulated search and rescue mission. Users will create the conditions surrounding the mission, while the system will make recommendations and give users information about its competence in those particular conditions,” said Ilana Heintz, principal investigator for CAML at Raytheon BBN Technologies.

According to DARPA, in addition to contracting with Raytheon, CAML will continue to seek expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, knowledge representation and reasoning, autonomous system modeling, human-machine interface, and cognitive computing.

CAML began in Feb. 2019 with an initial term of four years.

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