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UK firm wins competition for AI defence tech

Written by Peter Walker

UK-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Massive Analytic has won a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition to investigate the application of its AI technology, Artificial Precognition, to enable defence and security forces to effectively conduct electromagnetic (EM) warfare operations.

Massive Analytic’s team has made progress in the automated recognition, understanding and classification of patterns with deep learning techniques. It is developing cognitive radio systems powered by the advanced mathematics to improve how UK defence can sense, manage, visualise and utilise the EM spectrum, in real-time.

At the heart of this is removing interference to find clean open communication channels by applying Nethra:VideoAnalytics neural network platform technology.

The company’s founder and chief executive George Frangou commented that the next major conflagration between advanced powers will be like nothing seen in history.

“The deployment of robotics and AI can, and will, change the course of history,” he stated. “Victory on tomorrow’s battlefield will depend on huge computing power, smart algorithms and the brutally efficient application of the two to a narrow domain.”

DASA, launched in 2016, is a cross-government organisation that finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security.

Jess Lucas, competition delivery manager at DASA, added: “Our remit is to find and fund innovations benefiting our defence and security end users, but we also seek to generate economic prosperity for the UK on a national and regional basis, so we are particularly pleased to support smaller businesses to develop their ideas, helping them to grow whilst helping us to co-create defence and security solutions.”