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Johns Hopkins APL to Host DARPA’s AI Virtual Air Combat Finals

AlphaDogfight Trials
AlphaDogfight Trials

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will live-stream the third and final round of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency competition that will test the performance of artificial intelligence algorithms in a simulated aerial combat environment.

Eight teams were selected to compete in the AlphaDogfight Trials that will broadcast online from Aug. 18 to 20 due to COVID-19 restrictions, DARPA said Friday.

The online finale, which was originally slated to occur at the Air Force’s AFWERX innovation hub in Las Vegas, will pit the winning AI against an experienced F-16 pilot who will use a virtual reality flight simulator.

“We are still excited to see how the AI algorithms perform against each other as well as a weapons school-trained human and hope that fighter pilots from across the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as military leaders and members of the AI tech community will register and watch online,” said Col. Dan Javorsek, program manager in DARPA's Strategic Technology Office.

The trials are part of the agency’s human-AI teaming efforts via the Air Combat Evolution program.

The finalists are:

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • EpiSys Science
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Heron Systems
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Perspecta Labs
  • PhysicsAI
  • SoarTech
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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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