Raytheon seeks ways to model the brain’s cognitive ability

Raytheon is to explore new methods of modelling the brain’s ability to understand large amounts of haphazard, partial information.

According to the company, the research could have commercial and military benefits, such as helping the intelligence community to analyse fast-moving battlefield video, audio and text data quickly and accurately.

The $3m (£1.9m) in funding for the venture came from the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), part of the Integrated Cognitive-Neuroscience Architectures for Understanding Sensemaking (ICARUS) programme.