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Lockheed Exploring Advanced Analytics and AI

Although we've really only seen the beginning of the artificial intelligence revolution, some of the industry's top developers are already making some huge advancements in the field. One such company, Lockheed Martin, is doing a lot of research in the way of defense, national security and advanced robotics – and much of involves some highly sophisticated AI.

But their efforts are limited to the United States. With a worldwide footprint, Lockheed Martin is bolstering IT across the globe. They've recently partnered with STELaRLab, based out of Melbourne, Australia, to drive the development of machine learning and other, similar types of cognitive architecture.

Machine Learning and Machine Reasoning

The concept of machine learning isn't always readily apparent. While it's often used interchangeably with the term "artificial intelligence," the comparison isn't entirely accurate. In fact, machine learning is a process that relies on AI to expand its knowledge, make decisions and learn from past mistakes or inefficiencies.

Machine reasoning, on the other hand, attempts to draw clear-cut conclusions from incoming data. Using advanced logic programming, which includes strategies in deduction and induction, today's smart machines can make decisions and compare the expected results against comparable solutions.

The STELaRLab in Melbourne is currently exploring advanced applications in machine learning and machine reasoning. Lockheed Martin has already pledged $13M in initial seed funding. Additional areas of interest include command control communications, surveillance and reconnaissance, autonomous hardware, hypersonic vehicles and much more.

Lockheed Martin describes STELaRLab as "a leading edge, multi-disciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory, STELaRLab for short," that "focuses on the future—conceptualizing the challenges society will face and demonstrating the art of the possible in how they solve them."

One of the lab's team is currently exploring advanced applications in flight path calculation and UAV firefighting technology. Another is working on a UAV that is able to recharge its batteries through electromagnetic coupling from nearby power lines.

Advanced Analytics

Lockheed Martin is also doing a lot of research into advanced analytics. By processing big data with highly sophisticated software, developers can make accurate predictions for businesses, communities and military applications.

Jason O'Conner, vice president of analysis & mission solutions, went into detail about some of their work by saying: "We deliver intelligence for decision-makers with regard to what’s going on with the political and military unrest in Iraq and Syria today. Our analysts examine all sources of data in those regions including open source data like social media info and search engines."

Turning away from military and national defense, developers with Lockheed Martin recently pioneered an algorithm to detect a serious blood condition known as sepsis. It's a potentially fatal condition that is often goes undiagnosed until it's too late. Lockheed Martin's latest innovation can detect and diagnose sepsis much quicker – thereby allowing for immediate treatment – than ever before.

On the Forefront of Technology

Between their work in artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine reasoning and advanced analytics, it's safe to say that Lockheed Martin is on the forefront of technology today. Their worldwide presence also gives them the reach needed to effect real change throughout communities across the globe – it will be interesting to see how they follow through.


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