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Darpa Wants Self-Guiding, Storytelling Cameras

March 19, 2010

Combat Camera

DARPA is starting a new program called “The Mind’s Eye” to create an AI-based camera that can report back on war-zone activity with the same detail a trained human operative could offer.

DARPA to announce new Grand Challenge for humanoid robot

April 6, 2012

PETMAN (credit: Boston Dynamics)

DARPA is planning to announce a new Grand Challenge for a teleoperated humanoid robot that can be used in rough terrain and industrial disasters, according to an unofficial statement by Dr. Gill Pratt of DARPA at a conference, Hizook Robotics News reports, quoting a conference attendee.

The challenge is built around an industrial disaster response.

The robot will be required to maneuver into and drive an open-frame… read more

DARPA takes aim at ‘Achilles’ heel’ of advanced computing: power

January 31, 2012

DARPA logo

The power required to increase computing performance, especially in embedded or sensor systems, has become a serious constraint and is restricting the potential of future systems, reports the Layer 8 blog.

DARPA plans to announce a new program to develop power technologies that could bolster computer system performance per watt from today’s 1 GFLOPS/watt to 75 GFLOPS/watt.

The goal of the program, called… read more

DARPA Spends $51 Million On Matrix-Like Cyber War Firing Range

January 14, 2010

The National Cyber Range (NCR), an arena for developing the next generation of cyberwar weapons and tactics, has been funded by DARPA.

Computer programs acting like real people will populate a virtual world that cyberwarriors will attempt to disrupt or save, depending on the mission.

DARPA hopes that the NCR will be able to simulate the entire Internet, allowing soldiers to drill in virtual simulations ranging from a… read more

DARPA shows off 1.8-gigapixel surveillance drone, can spot a terrorist from 20,000 feet

January 30, 2013

ARGUS view from 20,000 feet (credit: DARPA)

DARPA and the US Army have taken the wraps off ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet (6km), ExtremeTech reports.

ARGUS is by far the highest-resolution surveillance platform in the world, and probably the highest-resolution camera in the world, period.

ARGUS, which would be attached to some kind of unmanned UAV (such as… read more

DARPA selects research teams for its ElectRx neuron-sensing/stimulation program

October 6, 2015

ElectRx ft

DARPA announced Monday (Oct. 5, 2015) that it has selected seven teams of researchers to begin work on a radical new approach to healing called Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx). It would involve a system that stimulates peripheral nerves to modulate functions in the brain, spinal cord, and internal organs, according to program manager Doug Weber.

DARPA envisions a closed-loop system aimed at monitoring and treating conditions such as chronic… read more

DARPA seeks teams for eight-week imagery data analysis study

July 12, 2012


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seeks teams to explore new visual and geospatial data analysis methods in its Innovation House Study, with up to $50,000 funding.

Researchers will participate in a short-fuse, crucible-style environment to invent new approaches to the identification of people, places, things and activities from still or moving defense and open-source imagery.

“A lot can happen when you put… read more

DARPA seeks smartphone app developer for ADAPT program

December 8, 2011


DARPA is looking to tap the smartphone application development community with experience in creating “adaptive applications.”

Current sensor systems, like those being developed for DARPA’s Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT) program, are increasingly complex; they offer advances in capabilities far beyond their current use. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), for example, have become indispensible intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms on today’s battlefield.

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DARPA seeks probabilistic inference-based intel/recon sensor processing system to minimize energy requirements

Seeks unconventional processors for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data analysis to deal with exponential growth of data
August 27, 2012


DARPA is looking for a new, ultra-low power processing method that may enable faster, mission critical analysis of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data.

Today’s Defense missions rely on a massive amount of sensor data collected by ISR platforms, says the agency. “Not only has the volume of sensor data increased exponentially, there has also been a dramatic increase in the complexity of analysis required for applications such as… read more

DARPA seeks new ideas for mobile ad hoc networks

Would bypass Internet limitations, expand mobile network 20 times
May 2, 2013

MANETs (credit: DARPA)

Troops operating in forward locations without telecommunication infrastructure often rely on a mobile ad hoc network (MANET) to communicate and share data.

The communication devices  double as nodes on the mobile network. But the network can only scale to around 50 nodes before network services become ineffective.

So DARPA is looking for revolutionary new ideas for technologies unencumbered by Internet Protocols (IP) that could… read more

DARPA seeks more robust military wireless networks

March 20, 2013

Enduring Freedom

DARPA has created the Wireless Network Defense program, which aims to develop new protocols that enable military wireless networks to remain operational despite inadvertent misconfigurations or malicious compromise of individual nodes.

“Current security efforts focus on individual radios or nodes, rather than the network, so a single misconfigured or compromised radio could debilitate an entire network,” said Wayne Phoel, DARPA program… read more

DARPA seeks 2000 percent increase in robot power transmission efficiency

July 6, 2012

DARPA_M3 Actuation

DARPA seeks revolutionary advances in the efficiency of robotic actuation; fundamental research into biology, physics and electrical engineering could benefit all engineered, actuated systems.

DARPA has created the M3 Actuation program, with the goal of achieving a 2,000 percent increase in the efficiency of power transmission and application in robots, to improve performance potential.

A robot that drives into an industrial disaster area and shuts off… read more

DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials winner: Schaft from Japan

December 21, 2013

Future Google delivery guy? (credit: SHAFT, Inc.)

It was a “Woodstock for robots,” said Boston Dynamics’ Marc Raibert, as sixteen teams from around the world came together at Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway, December 20–21, 2013 to participate in eight demanding tasks in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge Trials.

And the winner was Schaft from Japan, owned by Google. Atlas-Ian from Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition placed second;… read more

DARPA pushes limits of unmanned aircraft capability to extremes

March 11, 2008
NASA concept for on high-altitude unmanned aircraft (NASA)

DARPA is pushing the boundaries of unmanned aviation to extremes, with its Vulture program to demonstrate an unmanned aircraft capable of staying aloft for five years, and its Rapid Eye, a UAV that could be rocket-deployed to anywhere in the world within hours.

DARPA picks Urban Challenge semifinalists

August 10, 2007

DARPA has selected 36 development teams as semifinalists in its Urban Challenge competition to develop autonomous vehicles that can function in common traffic situations.

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