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Robotic Process Automation the Focus of Shark Tank Survivors

March 12, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Eric Teasdale of Automation Anywhere gives the winning presentation of the company’s robotic process automation technology at the season's last AFCEA innovation shark tank, held on March 6. His company will join five other finalists in the championship competition being held at AFCEA’s Homeland Security Conference on April 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Elizabeth Moon, Judges and competitors gather at the penultimate AFCEA innovation shark tank, held on February 26. Photo by Elizabeth Moon

The last two finalists gear up for the ultimate competition on April 22.

AI Lays the Foundation for 5G Spectrum Sharing

March 8, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Artificial intelligence-enabled radio technology developed with DARPA funding, could help manage scarce spectrum resources. Credit: Photo illustration created with images by geralt/Pixabay

DARPA's Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) will end later this year with a competition between the remaining teams from the U.S., Europe and Asia vying for a $2 million prize.

DARPA Pursuing AI to Accelerate Disease Cures

March 7, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Disease caused by the Ebola virus is severe and often-fatal. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envision artificial intelligence systems that will accelerate the rate of research in chemistry, which could offer a wide range of benefits including the rapid discovery of cures for a range of diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention photo by microbiologist Frederick A. Murphy, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Special Pathogens Branch

“Imagine a world in which we can develop a new therapeutic to an emerging threat or disease in a matter of days instead of the six, 12 or 24 months that it takes today.”

DARPA to Tackle Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

March 4, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Defense Advanced Research Agency’s Artificial Intelligence Colloquium being held this week in Alexandria, Virginia, will include a panel discussion on the ethics issues surrounding the use of artificial intelligence. Credit: Shutterstock

If you see an autonomous tank driving across a plain toward troops, in some sense, does it matter if it’s driven by a human or computer?

Commercial Cloud Complexity

February 28, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: GreenTech/Shutterstock

Companies are working to clear the fog to aid more federal government use of the cloud.

Officials Working to Deliver Innovation to DOD's Information Technology Environment

February 27, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Congress is keeping an eye on the Defense Department’s information technology efforts. Credit:Shutterstock/Tono Balaguer

Defense IT leaders tell House subcommittee that while progress is being made, challenges remain.

Sneaking a Peek at DARPA's AI Colloquium

February 26, 2019
By George I. Seffers
DARPA looks to the future of artificial intelligence with its Artificial Intelligence Colloquium to be held next week. Credit: kalhh/Pixabay

The Artificial Intelligence Colloquium is designed to bring together researchers from across the DOD, industry and academia with the broader military community seeking to use AI technologies.

The Lethality of Software

February 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Rear Adm. Boris Becker, commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, speaks during a panel at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Panelists at West 2019 discuss information warfare. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Information is the common denominator for advanced technologies.


Marine Corps Systems Command Debuts Mobile Tool for Recruiters

February 19, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Marines’ Systems Command and Recruiting Command have partnered to create a computing tool aimed at making recruitment of the next generation of Marines easier. Photo courtesy of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, The new Marine Corps computer system, MCRISS II, brings commercial cloud, a custom dashboard, a mobile platform, and eventually artificial intelligence and other technologies to recruiters. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Joseph Neigh

The system will leverage a mobile platform, commercial cloud, AI and other new technologies.

Leaders Outline Plan for the Army's Integrated Tactical Network

February 6, 2018
Kimberly Underwood
A soldier from Company B, 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced, tears down a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite dish during a demonstration on November 29, 2018, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Army leaders are working to bring advanced communications technologies into an integrated network. U.S. Army photo by Amy Walker, PM Tactical Network PEO C3T public affairs

The tactical network has to fit the bill of being more expeditionary to succeed in a contested environment.

Program Tests Value of Virtual Training

February 4, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Virtual Reality Land Training (VRLT) technology enables soldiers to train in a variety of environments, including urban streets. (Photo by BiSim), The VRLT’s Avatar customization capability enables the British Army to replicate facial features and body shapes so soldiers can recognize friendly troops. (Photo by BiSim), Virtual reality combined with simulation enables soldiers to train in simulated scenarios that are costly to recreate in traditional training facilities. (Photo by BiSim)

The British Army is exploring how virtual reality can be integrated into soldier training.

U.S. Marines 3D Print a Concrete Footbridge

January 29, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group (MLG) work together to secure a concrete bridge support column during a 3D concrete printing exercise at Camp Pendleton, California in December.  The 1rst MLG worked with the Marine Corps Systems Command’s Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell and the Army Corps of Engineers, to print the concrete bridge parts and evaluate the technology for future Marine Corps applications. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Bliss

Exercise demonstrates concrete 3D printing in an operational environment.

R3D2 Going to Space

January 24, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
In late February, DARPA is planning to launch a new type of antenna that could enable missions that usually require large satellites, the agency reports. Credit: DARPA

The groundbreaking, compactable antenna from DARPA will offer greater radio communication capabilities on a smaller satellite.

To Protect Data, Start By Knowing Where It Lives

January 24, 2019
By Beverly Cooper
SIGNAL Magazine Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman (l) discusses data protection with Jonathan Alboum, Veritas Technologies and Sherry Bennett, DLT Solutions.

Experts agree on a variety of strategies that pay off for organizations seeking data protection and storage expansion.

Virtual Home Health Care Assistant Debuts at Consumer Electronics Show

January 9, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A new virtual platform offers electronic caregiving. Credit: SameDay Security

Addison, the electronic caregiver, offers medication and care management, and emergency response services.

Researchers Add Data Science to Art of Wargames

January 10, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A new online wargame will help researchers study data associated with nuclear proliferation. Credit: Razvan Ionut Dragomirescu/Shutterstock

Researchers have created an online wargame to study big data related to nuclear proliferation.

Shaping the Quantum Computing Future

January 7, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
Research at Sandia National Laboratories may help shape the future of quantum computing. Credit: TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay

Sandia National Laboratories announces four research projects designed to advance quantum computing technology.

NIST Develops New Method for Evaluating Antennas

December 11, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
NIST researcher Jelena Senic drives a robot used to measure the performance of different antenna beam patterns. Photo Credit: NIST

Researchers at NIST have developed a method for evaluating and selecting optimal antenna designs for future 5G cellphones and other wireless devices.

LLNL Researchers Debut New Class of 3D-Printed Metamaterials

December 7, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Researchers injected a magnetorheological (MR) fluid into hollow lattice structures built on LLNL’s Large Area Projection Microstereolithography (LAPµSL) platform, which 3D prints objects with microscale features over wide areas using light and a photosensitive polymer resin. Photo by Julie Mancini/LLNL, A new class of Lab-developed “field-responsive mechanical metamaterials” (FRMMs) employ a viscous, magnetically responsive fluid that is manually injected into the hollow struts and beams of 3D-printed lattices. The fluid’s ferromagnetic particles located in the core of the beams form chains in response to the magnetic field, which rapidly stiffens the fluid and the lattice structure. Photo by Julie Mancini/LLNL

“Field-responsive mechanical metamaterials” change properties under magnetic fields.

AFCEA Shark Tank Chooses Company Specializing in Industrial IoT Device Security

Novermber 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Bill Moore, founder of Xona Systems, hears the announcement that the judges in AFCEA International’s Innovation Shark Tank Series have selected Xona as a finalist. The company offers cybersecurity measures for so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices. Credit: Elizabeth Moon, AFCEA International’s Innovation Shark Tank Series offers entrepreneurs and small businesses an opportunity to get advice and input from industry experts serving as judges in the competition. Pictured are the participants and judges from AFCEA’s November 19 event. Credit: Elizabeth Moon

The latest round of the association’s innovation competition selects Xona Systems’ cybersecurity solutions for critical infrastructure.