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DHS, NASA Jointly Develop AI First Responder Support System

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate collaborated with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop an artificial intelligence system geared to help first responders process large amounts of information.

Built under S&T's Next Generation First Responder Apex program, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis or AUDREY works to manage first responder data in emergency situations, the DHS said Tuesday.

AUDREY employs human-based intelligence to perform support functions and generate insights to aid in emergency response missions.

“AUDREY learns, analyzes, reasons, predicts, collaborates and provides data fusion to provide direction for first responders on the scene,” said Edward Chow, manager at NASA JPL's Civil Programs Office.

The AI reasoning system is also tailored to recognize first responder language and will be personalized for each user.

S&T piloted AUDREY at the Washington-based Multi Agency Communications Center last year and intends to pilot the AI system in Canada early next year.

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