World-class research alliance in Distributed Analytics and Information Science

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We are delighted to have recently won another 10 years of basic science research as part of an $80M world-class IBM-led academia and industry consortium. The focus of this basic science research program is on Distributed Analytics and Information Science (DAIS) and is another International Technology Alliance (ITA) consortium comprising both US and UK collaborators. The formal name of the program is DAIS ITA, with the work being funded by the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and US Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The focus of DAIS ITA is on improving coalition operations for military operations such as disaster relief and reconstruction. The research vision is to define the scientific theory required to build a “distributed coalition intelligence” to help rapidly formed teams make best use of human and machine processing capabilities when they are distributed at the edge of the network, for example in devices, sensors and people.

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This research will cover many areas of interest to the Emerging Technology team and the wider IBM, including: agile cloud, mobile cloud, machine learning, distributed analytics, internet of things, multi-level interoperability, situation awareness, human/machine interaction, prediction, autonomous behavior and many more!

These areas of interest are directly relevant to key inter-disciplinary challenges for the distributed collation intelligence vision:

  1. Dynamic adaptation of secure, resilient context-aware information systems;
  2. Distributed integration and exploitation of coalition data and information across heterogeneous information infrastructures; and
  3. Derivation of situational understanding of complex situations by human users synergistically supported by machines.

 

In undertaking this research, we get to work with a world-class team of academic, industrial and government research collaborators across the US and UK. The deeply collaborative nature of the program means that we will be directly working with US academic and government researchers here on the UK Emerging Technology team at Hursley, not just our geographically convenient neighbours! The research is collaboratively led by the Government Research Labs and IBM Research in the US and IBM Emerging Technology in the UK, with up to 15 people from the UK Emerging Technology team working part time on this research. In our earlier research the IBM UK Emerging Technology team created numerous open source assets, filed 22 patents and published 96 peer reviewed journal and conference papers.

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Some of our new collaborators include Yale, Stanford, University College London and BAE Systems and we are very pleased to continue to work with organisations from the earlier NIS ITA (Network and Information Science) work too.

We’re very excited to be finally starting to work on this fantastic research program and looking forward to a formal UK launch event in Cardiff in December. We first started on the bid for this program in February 2015, eventually submitting an extremely detailed technical narrative with contributions from all organisations! That was a lot of work over a long period of time, but it has finally paid off, and for us the real work starts now: leading the formation of this research alliance and getting the leading minds across these 15 organisations started on the first research steps towards defining a distributed coalition intelligence.

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Dave Braines
Dave Braines is CTO for the IBM UK Emerging Technology team and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He is also Industry Technical Area Leader for the US/UK International Technology Alliance basic research programme, guiding research activities from industry collaborators.  Dave continues to be an active researcher in areas such as Shared Understanding, Network Enabled Cognition and Controlled Natural Languages. He is particularly interested in the potential for strong human/machine hybrid teams and the technologies needed to underpin them, publishing a number of papers in these areas.
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