This event is a joint US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) -UK Defense Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) pilot project, managed by Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) that facilitates collaboration between non-traditional participants to find innovative approaches, using Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence, to control UAV swarms.
Using complex fire mapping scenarios, nine teams from around the United States will compete for over $65,000 in prizes during the final showdown event, on March 29-31 in Dayton, Ohio. Teams must demonstrate the ability to control UAVs by autonomous system, map the fire as it advances and find targets of interest. Simulations are created with AFRL UAV swarm software. Showdown participants are selected by a top score, following the online competition phase. Showdown winners will be announced on Sunday, March 31.
A concurrent DSTL competition is taking place in The Spark, Southampton Solent University. A live feed between the two competitions will be available on-site.
Collaboration will take place between the two countries through simultaneous live-feeds. The Showdown Event, taking place at 444 E. Second St. Dayton, Ohio 45402, will contain a media room that will allow visitors to view the live-stream from the UK. Additionally, a leader board will provide real-time scoring of each round of competition.
Additional information is available at www.wbi-challenges.com/ssai