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DHS, Canada’s Defense R&D Center to Evaluate Use of Artificial Intelligence in Emergency Response

The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate has partnered with the Canadian defense research and development center for security science to evaluate the use of artificial intelligence and situational awareness tools in critical situations.

Both parties agreed to conduct an AI field experiment to determine how the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and sYnthesis system from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory can aid first responders as part of a two-year collaborative effort, DHS said Friday.

AUDREY is designed to function as a human-like reasoning technology and provide situational awareness data for paramedics to make decisions and manage care during an emergency response scenario.

The experiment is scheduled to commence in Hastings County, Ontario, early next year.

John Merrill, director of DHS S&T’s Next Generation First Responder Apex Program, said a joint effort to determine R&D priorities between the U.S. and Canada will help the two countries meet objectives.

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