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KBR Participates in Race of Autonomous Vehicles

August 27, 2019

KBR Participates in Race of Autonomous Vehicles

KBR collaborated with NASA and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to successfully stage the “DeepRacer” event where racers operated fully autonomous vehicles using an advanced machine learning technique called ‘reinforcement learning’.

NASA and KBR interns faced off in this race at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for the first time ever this August. These interns and other employees competed to see whose machine-learning models could propel an AWS DeepRacer vehicle around a track the fastest. Their models rewarded vehicles for speed and accuracy for staying on the course, allowing each vehicle to autonomously make shortterm decisions to achieve long-term goals. At one-eighteenth the size of a normal car, the AWS DeepRacer allows reinforcement learning models built in virtual environments to be tested in the real world, providing a hands-on way to explore artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. This event allowed NASA to experiment with autonomous systems for future exploration missions and showed how the private and public sector can collaborate to advance technology.
   —Please see https://www.kbr.com/en/insights-events/stories/kbr-drives-future-artificial-intelligence for more.