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2017-03-24 / Business Briefs

Concurrent Technologies Corporation awarded contract to research artificial intelligence

Johnstown, PA The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) a competitively bid prime $498,000 contract to research artificial intelligence (AI) automation capabilities under the agency’s Boosting Innovative GEOINT (BIG) program.

Under this contract, CTC will further advance the state of knowledge in virtual assistants by evolving from a singular user- centric orientation to a viewpoint of the user within an interdependent network of humans and cognitive machines. The goal is to enable task automation and management to be cloud-wide rather than confined within a traditional desktop or server architecture; and augment and scale human analysts’ cognition and intelligence via a capability refined for intelligence community needs.

CTC will provide NGA an AI Analyst Virtual Assistant (AVA) capability, incorporating smart technology to address significant challenges in multi-tasking and processing large quantities of rapidly changing information. The AVA will provide recommendations and predictions based on analysts’ needs and tasking and by socializing analysts’ activities to one another.

Specifically, CTC will develop the standards, architecture and tools to create, run and manage AVA services within the government’s cloud environment. It will apply micro-services design patterns and use open-source technologies for a horizontally scalable system that supports and promotes modern DevOps practices. This effort will demonstrate the approach with a reference implementation of the proposed architecture.

The work will be performed at CTC’s Johnstown facility and will partner with the Penn State University College of Information Sciences and Technology and its Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory.

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