Royal Navy Leverages AI in Battle
October 17, 2016
Manor Research (Roke) is set to demonstrate its cutting edge artificial
intelligence software in a Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
sponsored maritime combat system demonstrator, as part of a third phase
of work awarded by Dstl.
The new bio-inspired software is designed to help the Royal Navy quickly
monitor and priorities potential threats while at sea.
Aptly named STARTLE, the software uses sophisticated machine situational
awareness algorithms that emulate the human fear response mechanism,
helping operators understand the complex situations increasingly typical
of modern warfare.
Mike Hook, lead software architect on STARTLE at Roke, said: "This is an
exciting project for us. Traditional methods of processing data can be
inefficient so we have looked at the human brain's tried and tested
means of detecting and assessing threats to help us design a better way
to do it. The techniques have the potential to benefit the Royal Navy.
"The first two phases of the project have proven that we've been able to
successfully apply these techniques to real data from complex scenarios.
The clever part comes in the way these potential threats are detected
and the way our software redistributes resources to decide if they are
real - all in the blink of an eye."
Cole, Managing Director of Roke said: "The project draws upon every
element of Roke's 60 years of experience in sensors, data science,
communications and cyber security. Innovations such as these build real
momentum for our clients, enabling the pull through of research into
In this phase, Roke will demonstrate the STARTLE techniques by
integrating them into the Open Architecture Combat System - OACS, a
demonstrator designed to show the utility of research ideas in a
representative combat system.
In addition to maritime defence systems, STARTLE can also be adapted for
autonomous vehicles, health and usage monitoring applications.