Aerospace and defence company Polaris Alpha has secured a subcontract to support the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Active Interpretation of Disparate Alternatives (AIDA) programme.

As part of the $2.3m contract, the company will collaborate with Raytheon subsidiary BBN Technologies for the development of semantic-based abductive reasoning capabilities.

Semantic-based capabilities will be developed to help DARPA in its efforts to build advanced artificial intelligence (AI) tools for use in the fast-changing battlefield environment.

“We will be using advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to quickly process enormous amounts of information.”

DARPA AIDA has been designed to develop a ‘multi-hypothesis semantic engine’ that will process information and intelligence from fast-changing, chaotic, dangerous environments.

The semantic engine will be used to generate explicit alternative interpretations of events, situations and trends from a wide range of unstructured sources, for use in noisy, conflicting and potentially deceptive information environments.

Polaris Alpha Multi-Domain Operations Directorate chief scientist Dr Mark Gerken said: “We will be using advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to quickly process enormous amounts of information.

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“We’ll know in seconds what it might take a team of analysts days to discover.”

To support the AIDA programme, Polaris Alpha will leverage abductive reasoning research and development (R&D) that the company previously carried out under several National Reconnaissance Office and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency programmes.

New R&D will be conducted within the Analytics and Machine Intelligence Division at the company facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US.

With approximately 1,300 employees, Polaris Alpha delivers advanced technical capabilities, specialised domain expertise and mission-critical solutions to the US Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community customers.