(Image courtesy of NSWC Crane.) The agreement was signed this week by NSWC Crane Commanding Officer Captain James "JT" Elder and IU School of Informatics and Computing Dean Raj Acharya.
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Officials from Indiana University and the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center say a new agreement will help support high-tech systems "critical to the country's defense." The research and development collaboration will focus on commercializing and integrating machine learning and artificial intelligence into existing military technology. The university says the agreement is part of a larger effort to connect with NSWC Crane, which employs more than 2,000 scientists, engineers and technicians.
IU School of Informatics and Computing Dean Raj Acharya tells Inside INdiana Business the technology involved in the partnership matches well with industry strengths throughout the state. "All of modern technology needs this part of science," he said, pointing to military uses like drone, radar, sensor and surveillance equipment. On the civilian side, Acharya says "smart" technology is also key to the next frontier for automakers: autonomous vehicles. "Any modern endeavor would involve these types of technologies," he says " and the marketplace for this, especially in Indiana with the automotive industry, and this has a lot of applications in advanced manufacturing and robotics and so on and so forth."
An initial study phase for IU will involve gathering data from controlled experiments with sensors at NSWC Crane. The school says IU scientists then plan to move onto "real" data from the field. The research team assembled for the collaboration will include researchers from IU and scientists from NSWC Crane. It will be lead by IU associate professor Sriraam Natarajan and NSWC Crane Special Warfare and Expeditionary Systems Department Chief Scientist Robert Cruise.
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