Northrop Grumman has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to conduct research into artificial intelligence for use in emergency operations and disaster response.
Northrop said Wednesday the master research agreement will enable it to sponsor research efforts with CMU in line with the Joint AI Center's priorities under its National Mission Initiative.
Potential areas of study include autonomy, robotics and human-machine teaming to accelerate responders' decision-making and quickly transmit information through various platforms.
Vern Boyle, vice president of advanced technologies at Northrop, said the combined experiences of Northrop and CMU will help both entities quicken the pace of initiating research projects .
The partnership also builds on Northrop's collaborative activities with the CMU CyLab, which seeks to discover ways to apply AI and machine learning for cybersecurity. Previously, Northrop and the lab developed a way to use ML for the real-time detection of malware.
CMU is an inaugural member of Northrop's Cybersecurity Research Consortium and has conducted studies across 25 Northrop-sponsored projects encompassing cybersecurity, internet-of-things and AI. Northrop has funded CMU research programs since 2010.