Award Follows Success on Multi-Year, Multi-Phase Knowledge Aided GEOINT Latency Reduction Program
HERNDON, VA, September 27, 2023 – Expedition Technology (EXP), a leader in the development and deployment of novel solutions supporting the defense and intelligence communities, today announced it has received new funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to continue its implementation and advancement of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) products. EXP’s efforts on the 2.5-year, $5,000,000 commitment will be performed as part of AFRL’s Geospatial Intelligence Processing and Exploitation (GeoPEX) initiative.
AFRL sought partners that could offer cost-efficient, flexible solutions that promote the development of new analytic techniques, environments that leverage new technologies, and the integration of advanced geospatial sensor data to enable sophisticated analytic products that effectively mitigate intelligence gaps and the challenges in providing timely information to the defense and intelligence communities. In response, EXP will deliver Firetail, an approach that relies on deep learning and Bayesian inference to achieve these objectives.
Firetail builds on EXP’s prior Intelligent Classification in 3D work for AFRL. The company previously created a machine learning based product for detecting objects in three-dimensional GEOINT point cloud data and Shadow Compass, a multi-INT Bayesian inference engine that models real-world intelligence problems.
Firetail extends those capabilities with the development of Firetail ML and Firetail Bayesian. The former will employ recent advances in active and continuous learning in a machine learning product that identifies targets of interest in complex Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data and 3D point cloud SAR and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data. The latter enhances Shadow Compass with time dependent probability capability, enabling users to further contextualize and interpret the probabilities of presence or absence of targets derived from Firetail ML under varying operating scenarios.
“Geospatial intelligence data continues to become more vast, complex, and critically important to our national security. It requires implementation of robust, holistic, groundbreaking solutions that meet increasingly stringent timeliness, quality, and latency metrics,” said Marc Harlacher, EXP’s President and CEO. “Customers such as AFRL award us follow-on engagements like GeoPEX because we have clearly demonstrated to them that’s precisely what EXP delivers – innovative products that blend next-generation technology with subject matter expertise and real-world situation awareness.”
About Expedition Technology
Expedition Technology (EXP) designs, develops, and delivers innovative solutions with national impact for the defense and intelligence communities. We use machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other advanced algorithms, platforms, and technologies to solve our customers’ most complex, demanding, and urgent C4ISR challenges. Our culture promotes individual growth and opportunity, prioritizes a collaborative team spirit, and invites the intellectually curious to solve challenging problems creatively. Headquartered in Northern Virginia’s high-tech corridor, EXP is a rapidly growing, privately held, employee-owned company that pushes the boundaries of what is possible every day.
The Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 11,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit https://afresearchlab.com/.
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