US Department of Defense: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Exploration Programme – AI Research Associate

The US Department of Defense, under its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Exploration programme, invites proposals for its artificial intelligence research associate funding opportunity. This supports a proof-of-concept project that will change the role of AI in scientific discovery and the scientific process to an insightful and trusted collaborator. The main objectives are to explore and develop new AI algorithms and approaches for scientific discovery laws and governing equations for complex physical phenomena; and to explore approaches where data is inadequate or outside of the training space. Projects must cover all of the following technical areas to embed AI into science and the scientific process:

  • technical area 1 – explore and develop prototype AI architectures, algorithms and approaches that can uncover natural laws and succinct and generalisable governing equations from high-dimensional data in a principled way;
  • technical area 2 – explore and test novel approaches to identify regions of input space or parameter space where datasets are sparse, noisy, lack coverage or consistency or are otherwise inadequate to build predictive models;
  • technical area 3 – refine the prototype AI system, algorithms and approaches and evaluate performance against one or more complex dynamic systems, using real-world data not part of the training data.

Funding & Duration

Funding is worth up to USD $1M (approx. AUD $1.4M) for a maximum period of 18 months. No more than USD $500,000 (approx. AUD $707,000) may be requested for the combined technical areas 1 and 2.

Closing Date & Time

  • 30 October 2018, 6.30am (ACDT)

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