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GA Tech researchers aid in U.S. intelligence data collection

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Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute are working with U.S. military and security sectors to more accurately interpret data gathered from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors.

The data surveillance operation is called the Multi-Disciplinary Intelligence (Multi-INT) system, also known as MINT.

The main goal of Georgia Tech researchers is to uncover actionable intelligence, then bring their findings to a human analyst as soon as possible. But they've encountered two issues, according to Chris Kennedy, a research program analyst who heads the Georgia Tech-MINT collaboration.

First, the sheer volume of incoming data overwhelms MINT's network bandwidth and processing power. And second, human analysts need help sifting through irrelevant information to find data that is truly actionable.

Georgia Tech researchers have begun separating the metadata from the larger data points and employ machine-learning algorithms to relate metadata tags with similar content. The processed information is then sent to field analysts, resulting in less data sifting.

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