Oden Institute Professor Ufuk Topcu will participate in the new U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Center of Excellence for Assured Autonomy in Contested Environments. The Center will be the first to look at assured autonomy in an adversarial environment.
The grant will cover an initial two-year period of $2 million, with optional extensions up to a total of six years and $6 million.
“My group will focus on two tasks: provably safe adaptation and learning in adversarial environments; and protecting safety- and mission-critical information for autonomous systems,” said Topcu, an assistant professor in aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics and director of the Oden Institute's Autonomous Systems Group. “This center of excellence is one of the most visible research efforts at the Air Force and perhaps even for the DOD. It will give direct exposure to a wide range of challenges and concrete problems in autonomy.”
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