Washington: A team of eight engineers from Aerospace Corporation, based in El Segundo, Calif won $100,000 in a competition called “Blind Signal Classification Challenge,” by correctly detecting and classifying the greatest number of radio frequency signals using a combination of signal processing and artificial intelligence algorithms which was sponsored by Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office to apply commercial technology to solve military problems.
When this challenge was kicked off in April, the Army gave 49 competitors a huge recordings of various types of radio signals to use as “training data” so they could develop their algorithms and in early month of June, the Army put out a new data set that had no labels so that the contestants had to blindly analyze and identify the signals and then recently Aerospace team won the challenge.
Bradley Hirasuna, Technology Programmer at Aerospace, said the application of AI in electronic warfare could help the U.S. military in war attempts by enemies to interfere with military GPS or communications satellite signals when Russian forces reportedly deploy jammers to disrupt GPS-guided unmanned air vehicles in combat zones like Syria and eastern Ukraine, then these signals identifies friendly and hostile way in a constant challenge as this signal is complex, So that threats from the enemies can be avoided.
He also mentioned that, with AI-based tools, the commander can have a brief picture of the RF spectrum on a laptop console and see what is going on and if he need to suppress a signal it can be directly enforced, So that Army’s way of aiding the electronic warfare becomes simple as the RF spectrum becomes more reliable and more complex. Hence, the company became interested in applying AI technology to signals intelligence long before the challenge was announced and seen the advent of software defined radios where “Machine learning and AI are now used to exhibit the power of software controlled radios.”
Andres Vila Casado, One of the Engineer of the Aero Space team, said that “Aerospace benefited from decades by contributing their level best in advanced technologies to US Air Force in areas like satellite communications and Information technology and we are also currently working on Electronic Warefare Tools and covert their developing solution into real products that can be used in the field”, So that the Air Force can be served in a lofty manner.