Autonomous adaptable software systems under development by Charles River Analytics, partners

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Intelligent-systems developer Charles River Analytics is partnering with the University of Southern California, Harvard University, the University of Birmingham, and Metron Scientifc to develop a program called Probabilistic Representation of Intent Commitments to Ensure Software Survival (PRINCESS).

The PRINCESS effort -- under the umbrella of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) program -- is working on developing methods to enable software on an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to adapt to change, both within the UUV itself and in its external ecosystem, by using machine learning and probabilistic modeling to build adaptable software systems.

Dr. Avi Pfeiffer, chief scientist at Charles River Analytics and principal investigator on the PRINCESS effort, said of the initiative: "We envision military software that can make significant adaptations on its own. With PRINCESS, we are closer to software that can quickly and autonomously adapt to changes in its environment."