DARPA issues Virtual Intelligence Processing solicitation

On June 14, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) posted a request for submissions for Virtual Intelligence Processing (VIP). Proposals in response to this notice are due no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern on July 15.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is issuing an Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) Opportunity inviting submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in the technical domain of third wave AI exploring radically new and heretofore underexplored, brain-inspired and massively-scalable computing methodologies for novel machine learning approaches that have the potential to support solutions to real-world problems impacting the Department of Defense. This AIE Opportunity is issued under the Program Announcement for AIE, DARPA-PA-18-02. All awards will be made in the form of an Other Transaction (OT) for prototype project. The total award value for the combined Phase 1 base and Phase 2 option is limited to $1,000,000. This total award value includes Government funding and performer cost share, if required.


Successful integration of next generation AI into DoD applications must be able to deal with incomplete, sparse and noisy data as well as unexpected circumstances that might arise while solving real world problems. Thus, there is need for new mathematical models for computing leading to AI algorithms that are efficient and robust, can learn new concepts with very few examples, and can guide the future development of novel hardware to support them.

Our best model for intelligence is ourselves, and thus next generation AI will benefit from computing models and processing architectures that can support robust and massive parallelism such as is the case in the human neocortex. In order to reverse engineer the human brain we need to apply new mathematical models for computing that are complete and transparent and can inform next generation processors that are better suited for third wave AI.


The goal of the VIP program is to explore novel and heretofore under-explored mathematical and computational “brain-inspired” massively-scalable approaches that have the potential to support solutions to real-world DoD problems. In particular, it aims to develop algorithms based on mathematical models and representations that have not been the focus of AI technologies development, and that will inform next generation processors that can aid third wave AI.

Proposers should address the fundamental performance limits of novel algorithms based on unexplored mathematical approaches when applied to a relevant DoD application. Specifically, proposers must describe their novel approach in terms of accuracy, robustness to environment, data and computational requirements as well as the challenges that need to be overcome for its implementation. They must also quantitatively compare the chosen approach with current state-of-the-art for the same application. The program is also interested in hardware simulations but not in actual hardware implementation.

Full information is available here.

Source: FedBizOpps