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Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) is a priority theme of the Next Generation Technologies Fund aimed at achieving integrated ISR in near real time to support decision making.  Through Intelligent Decision Superiority, it seeks to leverage the wider science, technology and innovation capability in academia, industry and government research agencies to develop and demonstrate automated systems to analyse, fuse and understand large volumes of data and information to support decision superiority.


Autonomous Processing and Reasoning

Decision superiority requires us to make better decisions faster than an adversary.  Automation is imperative to help analysts, operators and decision-makers deal with the overwhelming volume, velocity, variety and uncertain veracity of available ISR information. Today, much of this fusion and sense-making currently happens in the analyst’s head. If these processes are to be reliably automated, the meaning and uncertainty of the information must be available and amenable to automated reasoning, the automated reasoning system must be able to justify its conclusions to decision-makers, and it must be able to answer “why” questions.

Research proposals are sought in the area of autonomous processing and reasoning, with a focus on:

  • Multi-Intelligence Content Analytics
  • Cognitive Information Fusion

The research will be successful if it informs Defence on novel and emerging techniques aligned with the sub-theme areas and delivers a prototype system for demonstrating the utility of the research.

Furthermore, the successful proposals will partner with DST to iteratively demonstrate the utility of the developed techniques within a Defence context.

How you can be involved in the Intelligent Decision Superiority Research Network (Autonomous Processing and Reasoning)

The Defence Science and Technology Group is seeking research proposals from Australian universities, government research agencies and industry in undertaking a research program in Autonomous Processing and Reasoning.

Research proposals

Proposals should include:

  • A plan for a 2.5 year research program in autonomous processing and reasoning
  • An outline of in-kind contribution from the participant and detail of any proposed co-funding.
  • Demonstrated best-of-breed multi-disciplinary collaboration, including details of the multi-disciplinary team.  The proposal is strongly encouraged to comprise members from different Universities, research agencies and/or Industry.
  • A list of other funding sources and the nationalities of team members. Participants in this proposal will be subject to  pre-screening, including: (a) verifying a person’s identity using the Document Verification Service; (b) confirming a person’s eligibility to work in Australia; (c) obtaining assurance of a person’s suitability to access Australian Government resources, including their agreement to comply with the government’s policies, standards, protocols and guidelines that safeguard resources from harm.
  • At least one member of the proposed team will be required to apply for an NV1 security clearance to facilitate discussions over the life of the agreement relating to applied research outcomes and strategic research direction. DST will sponsor these clearance application(s). Unclassified research may commence while this/these clearance(s) are being sought

Submission Deadline

Submission of 2.5 year research proposal: 21 December 2018.

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