C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

AUSA 2019: US Army eyes sensor technology tailored to machine-based ISR analysis

17 October 2019

The US Army Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force is exploring alternatives for emerging intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor technologies, geared toward collecting data for machine-based analysis instead of human analysis.

Task force officials are seeking sensor technology employing collection modalities beyond the current electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) data and imagery that is reviewed by human analysts, to see whether AI-enabled analysis tools can leverage “multi-spectral sensors” to create a more defined situational awareness picture for combatant commanders, said Army AI Task Force Director Brigadier General Matthew Easley.

“A lot of our sensor technology is designed to give a really good image to a human operator, so I need to take whatever that modality is on the sensor and get it to an image so that a person is going to see it and understand it.

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