JAIC Working on AI-Based Wildfire Emergency Response Tech

Jeff Brody

Greg Allen, chief of strategy and communications at the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said the center plans to use machine learning algorithms to improve emergency response efforts for wildfires, Nextgov reported Thursday. Allen told attendees at the Nextgov Emerging Technology Summit in Washington, D.C. that the center intends to use full-motion video data that airborne sensors will obtain by flying over wildfires in California. 

“By switching to this airborne sensor, applying an AI computer vision algorithm and converting that to geolocation data that is useful for a map application we are also developing, we’ll really be able to make an impact for our users in a short time frame,” said Allen. “If we did not have access to this automation path, we would never keep up with the data daily that we are doing this with,” he added.

JAIC is slated to test and field the capability with National Guard users in a few months. 

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