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Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Defense and Aerospace Applications - What You Need to Know

May 29, 2019 | BY: Aaron Frank , Mike Southworth, Tammy Carter

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Today, there are many discussions about how defense and aerospace organizations can take advantage of machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). Driving this excitement are innovative applications that help warfighters identify threats and objects from afar, locate and resolve equipment issues before failures occur, and detect unseen dangers. Some of the more extreme possibilities sound like they were taken directly from a science fiction movie.

As exciting as the possibilities are, understanding the technologies in this growing field can be challenging. Terms are sometimes used interchangeably and technologies are sometimes described in inaccurate ways, making it difficult to develop a clear understanding of the application potential. So, well start with the terminology.

Figure 1: Similar to the way human brains work, deep learning trains computers
to become subject-matter experts for a particular task

With its long history as the trusted, proven leader in defense and aerospace, extensive range of cutting-edge solutions, and strong commitment to machine learning and AI application development, Curtiss-Wright is the ideal partner for anyone looking to take machine learning and AI applications to higher altitudes, smaller spaces, and harsher environments.

Download the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Defense and Aerospace Applications white paper to learn more about:

  • The terminology: machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence
  • Exploring defense and aerospace applications
  • Understanding the challenges and technology enablers
  • Choosing the right partner for success

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Author’s Biography

Aaron Frank

Senior Product Manager, Intel SBC & Graphics

Aaron Frank joined Curtiss-Wright in January 2010. As the Senior Product Manager for Single Board Computer and Graphics product lines, he is responsible for a wide range of COTS products utilizing processing and video graphics/GPU technologies in many industry standard module formats (VME, VPX, etc). His focus includes product development and marketing strategies, technology roadmaps, and serving as a subject matter expert within the sales team. Previous to this role, Aaron held the product Manager role for Networking products. Aaron has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

Mike Southworth

Author’s Biography

Mike Southworth

Senior Product Manager

Mike Southworth serves as Senior Product Manager for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions where he is responsible for the Parvus small form-factor rugged mission computers and Ethernet networking subsystem product line targeting Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP)-constrained military and aerospace applications. Southworth has more than 15 years of experience in technical product management and marketing communications leadership roles. Mike holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Brigham Young University.

Author’s Biography

Tammy Carter

Senior Product Manager – GPGPUs & Software

Tammy Carter is the Senior Product Manager for GPGPUs and software products, featuring OpenHPEC, for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. In addition to a M.S. in Computer Science, she has over 20 years of experience in designing, developing and integrating real-time embedded systems in the Defense, Communications and Medical arenas.

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