DARPA AlphaDogFight Trial AI Air Force Pilot
DARPA’s AlphaDogFight Trial will pit their artificial intelligence algorithm against a human F-16 fighter pilot in aerial combat. This will be the third and final competition and is set to take place between Aug. 18-20. Unfortunately, this will be a virtual event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It was created to demonstrate the advanced AI systems’ capabilities in air warfare. Read more for two videos and additional information.

There are currently eight teams: Aurora Flight Sciences, EpiSys Science, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Heron Systems, Lockheed Martin, Perspecta Labs, PhysicsAI and SoarTech. During the first day of competition, the teams will fly their respective algorithms against five AI systems developed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Next, they’ll face off against each other in a round-robin tournament, while the last day has the top four teams competing in a single-elimination tournament for the championship, with the winner flying against a human pilot.

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We weren’t able to host the finals at AFWERX in Las Vegas as we’d originally planned with fighter pilots from the Air Force Weapons School at nearby Nellis Air Force Base. It’s been amazing to see how far the teams have advanced AI for autonomous dogfighting in less than a year,” said Col. Dan Javorsek, program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office.