Military Embedded Systems

AI program aims to generate actionable understanding, predict outcome of events


January 07, 2019

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

AI program aims to generate actionable understanding, predict outcome of events
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ARLINGTON, Va. Officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched the Knowledge-directed Artificial Intelligence Reasoning Over Schemas (KAIROS) program, which seeks to create a schema-based artificial intelligence (AI) capability to enable contextual and temporal reasoning about complex real-world events in order to generate actionable understanding of these events and predict how they will unfold.

The program aims to develop a semi-automated system capable of identifying and drawing correlations between seemingly unrelated events or data, helping to inform or create broad narratives about the world around us.

KAIROS’ research objectives will be approached in two stages (See Figure).

  1. The first stage will focus on creating schemas from large volumes of data by detecting, classifying and clustering sub-events based on linguistic inference and common sense reasoning. Researchers taking on this challenge will apply generalization, composition and specialization processes to help generate schemas that describe both simple and complex events, sequence multiple schemas together to understand key contextual elements like roles and timelines, and apply domain-specific knowledge to tailor the analysis for a particular need.
  2. The second stage of the program will focus on applying the library of schemas created during stage one to multimedia, multi-lingual information to uncover and extract complex events. This stage will require identifying events and entities, as well as relationships among them to help construct and extend a knowledge base.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450"] This image outlines the two stages of the KAIROS program. DARPA Photo.[/caption]

DARPA will hold a Proposers Day on January 9, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:30pm (EST) at the Holiday Inn at Ballston, 4610 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203 to provide more information about KAIROS and answer questions from potential proposers. For details of the event, including registration requirements, visit

A Broad Agency Announcement that fully describes the program structure and objectives can be found here.


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