Military Embedded Systems

AI technology to improve team performance under DARPA's ASIST program


September 03, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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Charles River Analytics Inc. (CRA), developer of intelligent systems solutions, has won a four-year, cross-disciplinary research effort. Under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Artificial Social Intelligence for Successful Teams (ASIST) program, CRA is creating a Prescient, Socially Intelligent Coach (PSI-Coach) that will aim to understand team behaviors and improve team performance.

PSI-Coach is intended to allow AI systems to unobtrusively monitor each team member and help the team achieve high-level performance. PSI-Coach will be designed to blend automated recognition of human mental states, an understanding of individual and group goals and behaviors, with a capacity to accurately predict the probability of a positive outcome for multiple interventions.

It will also be designed to include human-factors, engineering, and interactive narrative technologies so that its own reasoning and resulting recommendations are clear. These features are intended to let an AI recommend actions effectively.

According to the company, PSI-Coach also uses Sherlock, CRA's prototyping platform for building applications that collect, analyze, and visualize physiological data, then reason about physiological, neurological, and behavioral states.

The platform includes functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) sensors, eye trackers, and standoff cardiac monitors embedded in webcams, as well as mouse/keyboard analytics. Sherlock is designed to let PSI-Coach inform and validate research by linking physiological measures of human cognitive states to models.

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