Defense Department hold open house to connect with artificial intelligence leaders

Project Maven, a Defense Department (DoD) artificial intelligence initiative, recently held gathering in Silver Spring, Maryland, to connect with industrial and academic leaders.

The agency welcomed over 300 individuals to the event, where Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. “Jack” Shanahan, director for Defense Intelligence for Warfighter Support in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, said Project Maven’s purpose “is to turn the enormous volume of data available to DoD into actionable intelligence and insights," a DoD release said

Also called the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team, or AWCFT, Project Maven has steadily compiled and assessed data to streamline the department’s grasp of large amounts of data since April, when former Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work introduced the program.

Among the program’s priorities is the development and implementation of computer-vision algorithms to harness the massive volume of video data crucial to counterterrorism efforts, the release said. According to DoD, AWCFT is expected to produce algorithms specific to warfighting by the end of 2017.

"(Project Maven) is about moving from the hardware industrial age to a software data-driven information environment and doing it fast and at scale across the department," Shanahan said in the release

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