DARPA posts Intelligent Neural Interfaces funding opp
On January 31, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Activity (DARPA) issued a new funding opportunity for Intelligent Neural Interfaces (INI) (Solicitation Number: DARPA-PA-18-02-04). Proposals are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 4.
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 neurotechnology.
Recent progress in central and peripheral neural interface technology has resulted in impressive capability demonstrations. These include the use of neural signals to control the reanimation of paralyzed muscles or to control high-dimensional prosthetic limbs, external robots, and even flight simulators. In many of these examples, sensory feedback from the external application is also delivered to the brain via neural stimulation. Successful systems to date have utilized artificial intelligence methods such as neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, and state space machine learning algorithms. While these methods have shown promise in the laboratory, a number of challenges still exist.
This AIE Opportunity for the Intelligent Neural Interfaces (INI) program is soliciting proposals to establish the proof of concept prototype for third-wave artificial intelligence methods that could improve and expand the application space of next-generation neurotechnology. Teams will address two major challenges specific to central and/or peripheral neural interfaces. These challenges include: (1) decision making for sustainment and maintenance of neural interfaces to promote robustness and reliability, and (2) modeling and maximizing the information content of biological neural circuits to increase the bandwidth and computational abilities of the neural interface.
Full information is available here.