Navy Tactical Cloud contract won by Charles River AnalyticsNews
March 14, 2016
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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