Global Defense Solutions
Our team of engineers and researchers focus on developing products and solutions that enhance the situational awareness of the warfighter and increase the effectiveness of commanders making decisions for large numbers of warfighters and military equipment. Our products leverage artificial intelligence as the core system component for autonomous decision-making. RenderMatrix, Inc. has researched and engineered products for JIEDDO, Mav6, LLC., and many others. Some of our products include the following:
Common IED Exploitation Target Set (CIEDETS)
Although extensive information about improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and tactics have been acquired, the knowledge and data are unstructured and are not based on a formal semantic model. The knowledge and data consists of various independent sources of information, including device properties and emplacement scenarios, organized with widely disparate standards, and it is maintained by a diverse set of user groups. The lack of a formal semantic model limits the sharing of information and it impedes the consistent testing of new sensor systems to counter the IED threats.
RenderMatrix, Inc. in collaboration with the University of Memphis has developed the Common IED Exploitation Target Set (CIEDETS) ontology for Mav6, LLC. The Common IED Exploitation Target Set (CIEDETS) ontology provides a comprehensive semantic data model for capturing knowledge about sensors, platforms, missions, environments, and other aspects of systems under test. The ontology also includes representative IEDs; modeled as explosives, camouflage, concealment objects, and other background objects, which comprise an overall threat scene. The ontology is represented using the Web Ontology Language and the SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language, which ensures portability of the acquired knowledge base across applications. The resulting knowledge base is a component of the CIEDETS application, which supports the end user sensor test and evaluation community. CIEDETS associates a system under test to a subset of cataloged threats based on the probability that the system will detect the threat. The associations between systems under test, threats, and the detection probabilities are established based on a hybrid reasoning strategy, which applies a combination of heuristics and simplified modeling techniques. Besides supporting the CIEDETS application, which is focused on efficient and consistent system testing, the ontology can be leveraged in a myriad of other applications, including serving as a knowledge source for mission planning tools.
Autonomous Decision Enhancing Situational Awareness (ADESA)
Network-centric operations have seen the rapid development and deployment of ubiquitous assets, such as unmanned vehicles, sensor systems, and algorithms to enhance the situational awareness and effectiveness of the warfighter. Controlling and tasking the assets has remained a challenge due to the number of assets, operational man hours to control the assets, analysis of data, and chain of command decision making time. Fast and intuitive operational command and autonomous control of the assets is paramount to the changing demands of missions within multiple theaters.
RenderMatrix, Inc. is performing research and development on a project called ADESA (Autonomous Decision Enhancing Situational Awareness). The main principle behind the research is the leveraging of artificial intelligence, including ontologies and rules. The research and development has led to an autonomous system that allows multiple users to create and execute high-level missions while the artificial intelligence of ADESA handles planning, re-planning, control, and information display of assets. Depending on the type of assets assigned to a high-level mission, ADESA displays real-time video of the operation, text based information reports, 3D visualizations of operations, notifications of interest, and mission completion.
ADESA allows users to interact with its intuitive interface using a variety of hardware platforms, including mobile touchscreen devices. Warfighters are able to control assets and view live data from the battlefield using tablet computers and other mobile devices. Members of the intelligence community are able to task assets and monitor live data from across the globe. ADESAs use of advanced artificial intelligence removes the burden of low-level mission planning from its users, freeing them to concentrate on activities that are more important.
Lethal Autonomous Warfighter System (LAW)
Warfighters must have access to lethal-autonomous drones that are portable and reusable to increase capability, efficiency, and effectiveness. Currently, warfighters have access to portable drones that allow for direct-targeted operations against a threat via remote control positioning and detonation over the threat. The detonation means the drone is a one-time use and current systems only allow the warfighter to carry one drone on most missions.
RenderMatrix, Inc. is developing a new lethal autonomous warfighter (LAW) drone system that is reusable and portable. The LAW system is a set of small drones that are capable of tracking and firing small arm rounds at a threat. The small drones have the capability to coordinate flying with flocking algorithms, target recognition, and stabilization algorithms for rapid firing of small arms. Other capabilities will include human in the loop for flight controls and target identification. The LAW system enables significant increases in warfighter mission effectiveness, monetary savings due to reuse, and most importantly allowing the warfighter to stay better protected during operations, thus saving lives.
Sensor Atom Configuration Software (SACS)
The bulk of commercial sensor system design is devoted to improving image quality through models and metrics such as resolution, sensitivity, and color reproducibility. For networks of multimodal sensors, such models and metrics do not currently exist. Models and metrics used to design traditional commercial and military sensor systems are not directly applicable. The traditional models and metrics cannot address or even describe the possible synergy between geographically separated sensing elements in a network. The lack of metrics and design methodologies for sensor networks raises the cost of development and produces sub-optimal performance of sensor networks, thus lowering effectiveness.
To address the lack of models and metrics for developing sensor networks, RenderMatrix, Inc. has been researching and engineering a new software system called Sensor Atom Configuration Software (SACS). In short, SACS allows an engineer to design a sensor network and test the sensor network in specific environments against specific targets. SACS determines if the sensor network is capable of detecting and classifying the specific target. SACS leverages well-defined semantics, sensor atom concepts, and design metrics to help determine the performance of a sensor network within a given environment against a specific target.