Mixed Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing: MIMIC

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0341
Agency Tracking Number: N074-031-0199
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T031
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jared Freeman
 Vice President of Research
 (202) 842-1548
 freeman@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
 COGNITIVE ENGINEERING RESEARCH INST
 Steven M Shope
 5865 South Sossaman Road
Mesa, AZ, 85212
 (480) 988-1000
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
In less than a decade, UAVs have transitioned from a curiosity on the battlefield to a core capability for intelligence and attack. Recent investment has advanced the state the art in algorithms for routing vehicles and for interpreting the imagery they return. However, the intelligence that drives tactical maneuvering remains firmly lodged in the heads of operators. To capture that knowledge and embed it in control devices requires that these systems learn from human UAV commanders how they generate, select, and execute maneuvers to evade and deceive the enemy. We propose to develop Mixed Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing. MIMIC will learn novel models of tactical decision making and control from well-selected exemplars through interactions with operators. To create MIMIC, we will develop use cases that represent critical decision factors in UAV operations, develop an information representation and model (MIMIC-IR) and a learning management model capable of learning from humans in these use cases, and a prototype user interface for managing machine learning.

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