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Competition: Intelligent Ship Phase 2

Funding details
Registration opens
01 Jun 2020, 00:00
Registration closes
04 Aug 2020, 12:00
Closes
04 Aug 2020, 12:00
Award
£3m total funding. The maximum funding available for challenge 1 is £1.5M, expected to fund 1 proposal. The maximum funding available for challenge 2 is £250k per proposal. If successful, contracts will be 16 months.
Organisation
DASA
Summary

This competition is seeking proposals for novel and innovative technologies, approaches, and enablers to revolutionise military decision-making, mission planning and automation. The eventual aim, for 2030 and beyond, is to exploit a human-machine network that could work collaboratively on military platforms.

This Phase 2 call seeks projects to support the evaluation and demonstration of a range of human-machine teams, or Agents for Decision-Making (ADeMs), and their integration with an evaluation environment (the Intelligent Ship Artificial Intelligence Network (ISAIN)). An agent could be an AI application, a human, or a mix of the two.

This competition follows a successful Phase 1 call in July 2019 which funded 9 proposals, and aims to build on these developments, as well as those made in other Intelligent Ship project activities. We also welcome bids from new suppliers. Human-machine interfacing will be an important part of this work and will assist stakeholders to envision how this type of intelligent automation can be interfaced with human teams in the future.

 

There are webinars for prospective applicants as follows:

Tuesday 23 June 2020, 10:00 – 12:15: A webinar providing further detail on the problem space, a demonstration of ISAIN, and a chance to ask questions in an open forum. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page.

Tuesday 23 June 2020, 13:00 – 16:00: A series of 20 minute one-to-one teleconference sessions, giving you the opportunity to ask specific questions. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page.

Proposals are requested against 2 challenges.

Challenge 1 seeks a supplier to integrate ISAIN with a range of ADeMs (either already developed in Phase 1 or within other Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) core programmes, or to be developed during Phase 2). The evaluation of this will be developed based on a set of Front Line Command objectives and a national scenario. The key aim of this challenge is to understand, quantify and demonstrate the risks and opportunities of managing a complex network that includes both AI agents and human operators.

Challenge 2 seeks multiple suppliers to develop new or to enhance existing ADeMs to feed the evaluation within challenge 1. Outputs should aim to be ISAIN-ready and be available as options for a demonstration/evaluation.

£3M is available to fund multiple proposals (one for challenge 1, and multiple for challenge 2) within Phase 2.

 

A webinar and a dial-in session will be held in late June as follows:

Tuesday 23 June 2020, 10:00 – 12:15: A webinar providing further detail on the problem space, a demonstration of ISAIN, and a chance to ask questions in an open forum. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page.

Tuesday 23 June 2020, 13:00 – 16:00: A series of 20 minute one-to-one teleconference sessions, giving you the opportunity to ask specific questions. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page.

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