Peraton Labs has been awarded a DARPA contract to develop machine learning-based technology to enable ground vehicles, ships, drone swarms, robotic systems, and other long-lived physical systems to adapt to unexpected events. Under DARPA’s Learning Introspective Control program, the Peraton Labs team will develop and evaluate capability to update the system control algorithm in real time and provide guidance to the system’s human operator or autonomous controller.
Military systems are designed to operate over a wide range of environments; nonetheless, over lengthy service durations, unexpected conditions arise which cause systems to operate out of their design limits. Currently the burden is on the operator – human or autonomous – to maintain effective and safe control of systems operating in unusual conditions due to damage, environmental extremes, and other unanticipated situations.
“Peraton Labs will research, design, implement, and test a solution called Adaptive Control with AI (ACAI) to assist operators, human or machine, in maintaining control of systems in adverse situations,” said Petros Mouchtaris, PhD., president of Peraton Labs. “We are excited to develop and deliver real-time adaptive control technology that provides military platforms with substantial advantages in speed, agility, and responsiveness for operations in dynamic theater environments.”
ACAI leverages data from on-board sensors and applies a sophisticated combination of machine learning, constrained optimization, and a robust optimal control framework to select optimal controls based on the current system state and environmental conditions. ACAI’s intelligent control algorithm coordinates between performance and safety to provide high-performance controls while also maintaining the safety and stability of the system.
The solution will enable real-time, autonomous discovery and configuration of interconnected military networks and support on-demand connectivity in the most challenging tactical environments. The contract is worth up to $20 million over a 42-month period.
The goal of MINC is to ensure that critical data finds a path to the right user at the right time in highly contested, highly dynamic and heterogeneous communications environments. Peraton Labs’ solution will replace static configuration of individual tactical networks with automated, mission-driven, and secure control across diverse networks of networks.
“Peraton Labs will develop and deliver an automated network discovery and control solution that can dynamically compose data pathways across multiple warfighting and networking domains to support missions in all-domain warfare,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president, Peraton Labs. “With intelligent, mission-driven control and the ability to interoperate across a heterogeneous mix of legacy and future systems, our solution will provide reliable communications capability to our warfighters.”
Peraton Labs’ solution will orchestrate control across all available resources – communications, compute, and storage – by combining novel technologies, including:
A critical part of this work effort will be to develop a software development kit to provide for the sustained development of “MINC-enabled applications” beyond the program.
“To build this capability, Peraton Labs leverages deep expertise and extensive experience in machine learning, virtualization, software-defined networking, and tactical communications,” said Mouchtaris. “Our solution will not only enable joint all-domain operations, but also provide a “leave-behind” capability for continued development, integration, and use by third parties.”
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