The US Army has awarded two contracts to technology firm Charles River Analytics to provide its Figaro technology, which will help predict faults in military operation systems.

The contracts have been awarded as part of the US army’s continuing research applying autonomous reasoning to improve mission performance.

Charles River Analytics chief scientist Dr Avi Pfeffer said: “We’re using the flexibility of Figaro in these two efforts.

“Figaro lets us quickly assemble models of interacting components that use a combination of physics-based, heuristic, and data-driven reasoning.”

Under the Energy Models of Critical Components effort (E-MC2), Charles River is developing a resource-monitoring, energy prediction and decision-support tool that uses probabilistic reasoning to construct and learn models of complex, real-world systems.

“Figaro lets us quickly assemble models of interacting components that use a combination of physics-based, heuristic, and data-driven reasoning."

Commanders can use the models to discover possible resource consumption issues.

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The US Army aims to improve its management of energy and supply resources that are required to train, move, and sustain forces and systems in military operations.

In order to avoid power failures in critical situations, the army is also on the lookout for modelling tools that provide prognostics and diagnostics for backup power equipment.

Under the Probabilistic Operations Warranted for Energy Reliability Evaluation and Diagnostics (POWERED) effort, Charles River will use rich, modular probabilistic modelling to report on the reliability of back-up generators.

Image: An Army specialist overhauls a generator. Photo: courtesy of Sgt Margaret Taylor / US Army.