Global aerospace and security company, Lockheed Martin, today announced a collaboration between its Science and Technology Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory (STELaRLab) and the Romanian Technical University of Cluj-Napoca ( TUCN) to support the development of artificial intelligence research for application across national security and environmental science.
STELaRLab’s partnership with TUCN’s Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Research Center will explore the development of a distributed autonomous response for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, enabling improved planning and the execution of emergency responses.
Ray Piselli, Vice President of International Affairs, Lockheed Martin, said, “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in our partnership with Romania. Lockheed Martin’s STELaRLab team will work closely with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca to develop critical artificial intelligence solutions that will help address some of the world’s greatest challenges.
This collaboration demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to investing in long-term partnerships in Romania that support the creation of highly skilled jobs and technology transfer.
Sebastian Burduja, Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitization of the Romanian Government, added: “Romanian technical universities have demonstrated world-leading capabilities and I am delighted that Lockheed Martin has recognized the expertise in artificial intelligence In Romania.
The prevalence and severity of natural emergencies such as wildfires are increasing globally due to climate change. STELaRLab and TUCN seek to provide automated tools that combine environmental perceptions from dispersed sensing platforms, using artificial intelligence to achieve better situational awareness in emergency situations.
Professor Sergiu Nedevschi, of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, said: “We look forward to developing our relationship with Lockheed Martin and combining our expertise to advance computational models for 4D environmental perception, including from drones for road environments as well as multi-sensors for disaster recovery.
The partnership, which will initially last for one year, will provide Romanian researchers with access to Lockheed Martin’s global research and development network, including the Lockheed Martin Artificial Intelligence Center.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is primarily engaged in research, design, development, manufacturing, integration and service. maintaining state-of-the-art technology systems, products and services.
STELaRLab, launched in Australia in 2016, is Lockheed Martin’s first multidisciplinary research and development center outside the United States, focused on exploring technologies in hypersonics, autonomy, robotics and command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR).