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Explainability and Terrain Reasoning for Autonomy (EXTRA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0321
Agency Tracking Number: N171-084-0111a
Amount: $2,999,974.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N171-084
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-06-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-06-15
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Druce
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

Artificial Intelligence (AI) based systems are showing great promise for application in the DoD. In particular, Reinforcement Learning based autonomous agents are appealing for their ability to make high-speed decisions in complex environments. However, their decision-making process is inherently black-box, and their true intent is opaque. EXTRA is a framework for providing: explainablity; terrain reasoning; and intent inference to sophisticated RL agents. This framework benefits provides commanders with rich, accurate, and actionable explanations on how their AIs, and adversaries are formulating and executing strategies. The explanations are unpacked according to features about the environmental features are critical in decision making, what strategy the blue (friendly) AI is perceiving in the red (adversary) AI, and future valuable states deemed valuable by the AI. The explanations are delivered via an intuitive Explanation User Interface for rapid and straightforward comprehension.

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