Boeing Australia collaborates on AI research for unmanned systems
Emily Hughes, chief engineer for Boeing Phantom Works International discussing the AI project with Professor Jason Scholz, Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre.
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Boeing Australia collaborates on AI research for unmanned systems

Partners with Australia’s Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre to develop advanced artificial intelligence to create smarter unmanned systems.

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September 27, 2019

Boeing is partnering with Australia’s Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre (DCRC) to develop advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to create smarter unmanned systems for defense applications. Embedding machine learning techniques on-board will help unmanned systems better understand and react to threats.

During the next 12 months, Boeing Australia will design and test cognitive AI algorithms to let unmanned systems sense, navigate, and conduct tactics in denied environments, according to Dr. Shane Arnott, director of Phantom Works International.

Boeing Australia’s first innovation project with the DCRC will examine an unmanned system’s route planning, location, and identification of objects and the platform’s subsequent behavioral response.

The Australian Government announced the Trusted Autonomous Systems DCRC in 2017 to support the rapid creation and transition of industry-led trustworthy smart-machine technologies for the Australian Defence Force. The center receives funding support from the Australian Government’s Next Generation Technologies Fund and the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

The investment in advanced technology will enable the military to match evolving threats and achieve a sustainable autonomous industry for Australia, says Professor Jason Scholz, chief executive officer of the Trusted Autonomous Systems DCRC.

Boeing will work with Australian university partners and Brisbane-based supplier RF Designs to flight-test and evaluate the capability with autonomous high-performance jets.