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Posted on December 7, 2016 by staff

Six-figure MoD funding backs machine intelligence research

An agency within the Ministry of Defence has announced a £100,000 grant to fund research into how automation and machine intelligence can improve national security.

The Defence Science & Technology Laboratory is collaborating with the Digital Catapult Centre to run a workshop on March 2-3 in London before interested parties submit their applications for funding.

Dstl said it is “keen to hear from innovators experienced in developing solutions for autonomous data analysis and interpretation, with expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence, machine intelligence, Big Data, automation, predictive analytics, automated planning, autonomous intelligence systems and cognitive science”.

It expects advances in machine intelligence and data science will lead to improved autonomous systems and help the military and security services make decisions more quickly and effectively.

Dstl works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas.

Around 60 per cent of the MoD’s science and technology programme is delivered by these external partners and suppliers.

Dstl has three main sites at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.

It is run along commercial lines.