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Intelligence Virtual Analyst Capability: Governing Concepts and Science and Technology Roadmap

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Technical Report

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Defence Research and Development Canada - Valcartier Research Centre Quebec, Quebec Canada

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This report presents the results of an investigation of Intelligent Software Assistant ISA technologies towards the development of an Intelligence Virtual Analyst Capability iVAC. The idea behind the ISA is to synthesize the current state of Artificial Intelligence research to develop a personalized assistant that organizes information, learns processes, adapts to changing situations, and interactively supports individuals in their tasks in a seamless, intuitive fashion. The iVAC is meant as a computerized software assistant supporting the intelligence analysts in sensemaking tasks, while being ultimately capable of taking on autonomous analytical tasks in concert with other analysts virtual or human. To achieve this goal, literature surveys, technology studies, expert workshops and detailed analysis of iVAC sub-capabilities were performed. For every identified iVAC sub-capability, an assessment of the maturity of existing, relevant, applicable science and technology was performed. As a result, key research topics were identified. This document provides a description of the iVAC concept and of the research and development steps required to instantiate it.

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