What’s New for IDEaS

Calling all Canadian “Roboticists”: get ready to compete in our latest Contest!

The IDEaS program has launched a brand new challenge under its Contest element! Robot Round-up: Advanced robotics platforms and solutions is seeking innovators to demonstrate to DND/CAF how advancements in robotic platforms and methods of control, in areas such as mobility, advanced modeling, manipulation, Artificial Intelligence or machine learning can be leveraged to help CAF members accomplish high risk tasks.

Visit the Challenge page for all the details you need in order to apply.

All applications must be submitted by August 2nd, 2022.

Competitive Projects new challenges: Call for Proposals has closed!

The Call for Proposals for the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program’s four new challenges under its Competitive Projects element has closed.

Updates for each Challenge to follow.

Participants shine at the Corrosion Detection Sandbox

The nine participants selected to travel to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for the Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox (CDIS), demonstrated their innovative solutions at the Center for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) facility from April 25 to May 20, 2022.

Each participant had up to five days to test their solutions in real time alongside Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces experts and potential users.
The goal of this Sandbox was to demonstrate how we can better detect and assess corrosion behind surface coatings onboard Royal Canadian Navy platforms in order to reduce operational impact and improve the effectiveness of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.

Check out Defence Research and Development Canada’s (DRDC) Twitter and Linked In accounts for highlights of each week, and stay tuned for results coming soon!

Full Motion Video Update: a $8.9 M contract has been awarded!

The IDEaS program is thrilled to announce that TerraSense Analytics Ltd’s What is in that full motion video? solution is advancing to a Test Drive. Their Multimodal Input Surveillance & Tracking (MIST) technology is the 3rd project from our Competitive Projects 1st Call for Proposal to be “test-driven” by DND/CAF.

The MIST solution is an integrated hardware and software AI solution that detects, tracks, and identifies multiple objects, person and events of interested across multiple sensors. The solution will be tested at a variety of existing Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) related projects, exercises, and opportunities to determine operationalization and improve existing and provide new capabilities, while reducing the burden on operational resources within DND/CAF.

2nd Annual Innovation Networks Symposium to engage innovators

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 2nd Annual Innovation Networks (IN) Symposium.

The IN Symposium highlights the work that Micro-nets have accomplished to date and provides an opportunity to engage with other innovators and officials from the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces and Defence Research Development Canada, as well as other government departments.

This virtual event will take place on June 7th, 2022 (Autonomous Systems) as well as June 9th, 2022 (Advanced Materials).

Please note that participation in this event is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, contact Heather@Allianceevents.ca.

CUAS 2022 Update: The US is joining the Sandbox!

The US Department of Defense’s Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) will be attending the CUAS 2022 sandbox as an official Application Evaluator and Observer. This means our innovators will be getting more international exposure, expertise, and feedback from our US partners.

This call for application is now closed. For more information, visit the CUAS challenge page.

Green Heat Update: a 477K contract has been awarded!

The IDEaS program, in collaboration with Defence Construction Canada (DCC), is thrilled to announce that a contract for the Green Heat Test Drive has been awarded to Black & McDonald.

Their creative energy solution will be paired up with existing heating systems to help lower our carbon footprint through a large-scale, low carbon energy generation/transfer system. A test building has been selected in Kingston, Ontario, where the team will begin the design phase.

Visit the challenge page to find out more about IDEaS’ contribution to the greening of Defence.

Pandemic Response: IDEaS program awards 12 contribution agreements valued at over $10.3M as part of the fight against COVID-19

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IDEaS program launched four Challenges as part of the Pan-Government response to COVID-19. Ranging in topic from moral trauma to sanitization to using big data to track the virus, IDEaS selected 48 “Phase One” projects for funding. As the threat of the pandemic remains ever present, the IDEaS program continues to support state-of-the-art solutions in the fight against COVID-19 and future pandemic responses. Of these original 48 projects, 12 projects have now received an additional $1 million in funding to pursue their research.

Test Driving AI and Machine Learning to Improve Geospatial Awareness

IDEaS is providing an additional $5.8 million to Toronto-based company Ecopia to test their mapping solution in a real world environment. Ecopia is the 2nd project from IDEaS 1st Call for Proposals to advance to a Test Drive. CAF/DND will be ‘Test Driving’ their technology to detect, recognize, identify and track objects of interest using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

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