SparkCognition wins DIUx award

By Marjorie Censer / August 3, 2017 at 2:33 PM

SparkCognition, an artificial intelligence company that recently received funding from Boeing and others, said today it has won a new contract from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental.

Under the deal, SparkCognition is to develop the first stage of Project Quantum.

"Via DIUx, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) will leverage machine learning and similar methodologies to analyze and reveal latent relationships within data resident across the USAF, and apply these toward its Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process," the company said.

"Utilizing data from the USAF, SparkCognition's technology will conduct macro- and micro-level analysis of operations and previously observed outcomes to best simulate the impact of any single decision, or multiple decisions, made by an incumbent party," the company added. "Subsequent phases of this project will be dedicated to further refining SparkCognition's model given additional data and testing scenarios; collaborating with the USAF on UI design; and integrating with Air Force enterprise relational databases."

Earlier this summer, SparkCognition closed a nearly $33 million series B funding round meant to bolster the expansion of the company.

The funding round was led by Verizon Ventures, with participation from Boeing's HorizonX investment arm.