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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017

IPFW to Conduct Research in Sponsorship Agreement with Fort Wayne-Based Targamite and Purdue

FORT WAYNE,Ind.—Targamite LLC, the Fort Wayne-based robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) Research and Development (R&D) company, and Purdue University have inked a formal research sponsorship agreement to develop, test, and implement AI algorithms for controlling adaptive robotic targets.

The collaborative project is to be carried out by the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Analogical Constructivism and Reasoning Lab (ACoRL), led by John Licato, assistant professor of computer science, with the support of the IPFW Information, Analytics, and Visualization (IAV) Center, led by Beomjin Kim, professor and chair of computer science, and several computer science students.

The technology developed through this project will be incorporated into the next generation of the TARGABOT® moving shooting target, the center point of Targamite’s focus on human-robot interaction, resulting in the enhancement of (1) robotic situational awareness, networked group experiential learning, and adaptive behavior responsiveness; and (2) human threat discernment / engagement capabilities, and real-time decision-making.

“We see this as just the beginning of a very productive collaboration with Purdue,” said Gary Kaufman, CEO of Targamite. “Drs. Licato and Kim are incredibly enthusiastic and talented and the students have already been terrific. We’ll be doing a lot together to develop this important technology.”

“This project is an example of how an active research program at IPFW and the businesses of the northeast Indiana region can really benefit each other,” said Licato. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in computer science, and I’m glad we can bring these opportunities to the region and the students.”

The broader impacts of this important collaboration between Targamite and IPFW include an understanding of how to design and deploy smart training algorithms that will increase the shooting accuracy and judgment of military and law enforcement personnel. By significantly improving firearms training for the military and law enforcement through the use of robotics and artificial intelligence, society will benefit in, at least, two very important ways: (1) it will reduce the amount of deaths and injuries suffered by non-combatants; and (2) it will better prepare the modern-day warfighter and police officer, since the training algorithms are tuned to emulate the realistic movements of human adversaries. Training for reality with the aid of robotics and artificial intelligence will, ultimately, make our armed services and our police personnel safer.

For more information, contact John Licato, assistant professor of computer science, at 260-481-6343 or licatoj@ipfw.edu.

For more information about Targamite, LLC, visit the Targamite website.

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