U.S. Navy ships get additional work on intelligent-modeling systems

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Intelligent-systems developer Charles River Analytics (CRA) is getting the green light from from the U.S. Navy to move forward on a System for Naval Data Aggregation and Planning with Probabilistic Reasoning (SNAPPR), which CRA officials say creates probabilistic models of naval system components, the environment in which they operate, and the missions that they serve. CRA is partnering with Raytheon IDS for the three-year SNAPPR follow-on contract, which is valued at nearly $1.5 million.

US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Feltman acts as the system operator onboard a vessel. Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Turner.

According to CRA information, SNAPPR is aimed at helping operators understand the Operational Availability (Ao) of hardware components onboard naval vessels.

CRA scientist Kenny Lu, technical lead on the SNAPPR effort, said of the project: “Ao is crucial to a mission’s success. Current Ao hardware protocols can result in unnecessary maintenance, causing crippling delays in mission-critical functions. SNAPPR’s probabilistic model produces real-time reasoning, estimates, and predictions of Ao to generate an optimized preventative maintenance schedule.”