The NATO Science and Technology Board (STB) highlights the requirement for decision making by exploiting Big Data and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) means in NATO. This Specialists’ Meeting will provide attendees a forum to discuss state-of-the-art technologies, developments, concepts and operational requirements with regard to emerging technologies. The combination of specialists from various technical and non-technical domains in NATO allows a universal and unbiased discussion.
In order to avoid an abstract scientific discussion, the national STB representatives will engage operational experts to participate and work with the scientists towards a common road map for future research activities in NATO that meet operational needs.
Within the OODA loop the first step 'Observe' is about harvesting data. Intelligent integration of heterogeneous devices, architectures of acquisition systems and sensors, decentralized management of data, and autonomous collection platforms and sensors give a huge field for improvement with Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence technologies for acquiring and processing Big Data. The next step 'Orient' is about reasoning. Analysis of social media, information fusion, anomaly detection, and behavior modeling are domains with huge potential for Machine Learning algorithms. The same is applicable for the 'Decide' step where predictive analytics, augmented and virtual reality and many more technologies support the operational decision-making process. A complex battlefield and high speed operations require independently acting devices to 'Act' with a certain degree of Autonomy. In all steps, the application of AI technologies for automated analysis, early warnings, guaranteeing trust in the Internet of Things (IoT), and distinguishing relevant from Fake Data is mandatory.
Below is a (not exhaustive) list of relevant topics to be tackled during the event. The names of the Panels given in brackets are not exclusive and are just a snapshot for current activities.
Information Analysis: Social Media Analysis (HFM, SAS); Hard and Soft Information Fusion (IST, SET); Visual Analytics (IST); On Sensor Data Processing (SET); Signal Mass Data Processing; ....
Architectures: Data Collection Architectures (SCI); AI-services in the Cloud (NMSG, IST); Reference Architecture for Human Behavior Modeling (NMSG, HFM); Internet of Things (IST, SCI); Semantic Interoperability (IST)
Training and Visualization: Augmented Reality (NMSG, HFM); Decision Training (HFM, NMSG, SAS); Leader Development (HFM); Serious Gaming (HFM, NMSG)
Information Warfare: Exploitation of Cyberspace for Intelligence (IST); Threat Indication (IST, SCI); Trust in Algorithms Processing Large Data Sets (NMSG); .....
Decision Support: Predictive Analysis (IST); Cognitive Science (HFM, IST); Multi-Sensor Data and Information Fusion (SET, IST); Human-Machine and Machine-Machine Interaction (HFM, IST, SCI); Moral Decisions (HFM); Advanced Statistical Methodology: non-parametric and Multivariate (SAS); ...
Wednesday, 30. May 2018 until Friday, 01. June 2018 08:00 - 18:00