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AFRL Selects Sarcos Defense for Collaborative Sensing Programme

CLUTCHES Defines Novel AI Framework

Sarcos Defense announced on 19 May it has been awarded a contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop a collaborative sensing platform to benefit the US DoD.

The company will focus its research on developing collaborative sensing algorithms, designed to enable autonomous and semi-autonomous platforms to detect, track and classify known and unknown objects, stationary and moving, over space and time. This effort centres around Closed Loop Ubiquitous Tasking and Control of Heterogeneous Exploring Sensors (CLUTCHES), which defines a novel AI framework combining upstream multi-sensor fusion with adaptive real-time sensor management on individual platforms.

Sarcos expects this research to continue to benefit its commercial robotics products, particularly its Cybernetic Training for Autonomous Robots (CYTAR) AI platform, on development of which the company is also working with AFRL. Furthermore, the work is expected to improve situational awareness and safety for Sarcos’ robotic technologies, including its Guardian XT and DX highly dexterous teleoperated robot and the Guardian XO battery-powered industrial exoskeleton.

This new contract with AFRL will support our development efforts for a collaborative sensing solution that enables our DoD partners to quickly, accurately, and safely identify, track, and classify time-critical objects using autonomous heterogenous sensor networks and AI,” explained Dr Denis Garagić, CTO. “This project has significant potential across the US defense industry and beyond, to improve the operations, safety, data collection and communication of autonomous platforms, such as UAS and UAVs.”

This research is critically important to the DoD and may have significant benefits to our overall US defense operations,” added Dr Peter Zulch, AFRL. “Our collaboration with Sarcos is long-standing and this new contract will allow us to develop a platform that will enable autonomous systems equipped with various sensors to work more effectively together and help the DoD make faster and better-informed operational decisions about potential threats.”

The Guardian XO exo-skeleton has already won a USMC contract. (Sarcos Defense)

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