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Army Research Laboratory Extends Octo’s Machine Learning Operations Prototype Contract

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Army Research Laboratory Extends Octo’s Machine Learning Operations Prototype Contract

Octo, an IBM company, has received a contract modification from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory, extending its research and development work on a machine learning operations prototype for another year.

The partnership has been building ML operations for soldier-centered models capable of automatically retraining itself even at the tactical edge. To achieve the goal, the organizations are engaged in various ML development initiatives, including iterative experimentation and data collection, and the creation of an active learning pipeline to retrain ML models, Octo said.

Chief Technology Officer Sujey Edward said the expanded collaboration between the two organizations ensures service members have the latest technology available that meets their needs in mission-critical environments.

ARL has been making significant investments in AI/ML. In May 2023, it received from composable infrastructure provider Liqid two composable supercomputers that would be used to improve capabilities for artificial intelligence, machine learning and high-performance computing performance. ARL also partnered with Palantir Technologies in September 2023 through a $250 million contract to explore potential uses of AI and ML in the Department of Defense’s combatant commands.

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