Military Embedded Systems

Navy Tactical Cloud contract won by Charles River Analytics


March 14, 2016

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts. Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) selected Charles River Analytics Inc. for a contract to develop Navalytics, a framework for probabilistic, multi-source naval analytics and analytic services, to enable rapid development and deployment of rich, mission-critical analytics. The work will be performed under the Navy Tactical Cloud effort, which brings big data capabilities to the warfighting environment.

The eleven-month, broad agency announcement (BAA) contract is valued over $400,000, with options, if exercised, for an additional $1 million over two years.

Navy officials are developing the Navy Tactical Cloud Reference Implementation (TCRI) to enable on-demand access to shared sensors and computing resources. They are looking to leverage TCRI to perform advanced analytics and reasoning, but this also poses potential challenges such as: addressing significant uncertainty in warfighting domains; the volume of data available through modern sensors and networks; and the time and cost constraints in building unique analytics for specific data sources and data relationships. To meet these challenges, Navalytics will enable a foundation that supports probabilistic reasoning; handles missing, unreliable, and stale data; and supports fusion of multiple diverse input streams.

Navalytics marries Charles River’s Figaro probabilistic programming language with a modular, reusable framework for developing reusable analytics modules. Charles River engineers will add distributed, big data-enabled algorithms to Figaro as part of the Navalytics effort. The reusable architecture for distributed analytics may be used in many domains, such as real-time health monitoring, threat assessment, and intelligence analysis.

This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Naval Research under Contract No. N00014-15-C-5077.

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