The AI Research Environment at the United States Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories,
ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA
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The U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories USAETL is responsible for Army research and development in the areas of mapping and terrain analysis. In general, this involves methods, techniques, and systems for information processing related to the extraction, analysis, and presentation of terrain data. Typically, the data source is aerial imagery and the real-world information processing techniques for aerial imagery are very labor-intensive. Previous research into automated techniques has not yielded results adequate to justify significant equipment developments necessary for future Army terrain information processing requirements. Thus, USAETL is making a significant commitment in AI with expectations for new and improved terrain information processing capabilities for the Army. This paper discusses the Artificial intelligence research environment at USAETL. This includes the rationale for the USAETL AI program, the objectives and approach of the Center for Artificial Intelligence CAI, a description of the CAI AI facilities, and a brief description of the current CAI research program.
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