Noblis Autonomous Operations Concept Wins Kudos 

Mile Corrigan, Noblis

The Pieces of Eight trusted autonomous operations concept, developed by researchers from Noblis, took high honors at the recent MOBI Grand Challenge Phase II. 

 A global nonprofit, MOBI hosts the Grand Challenges as part its effort to accelerate the adoption of standards in blockchain and related technologies. 

 “We are very pleased with the continued recognition from industry leaders of our autonomy at scale concept,” said Amr ElSawy, Noblis president and CEO. “It validates our approach to the vision of trusted autonomous operations allowing connected, autonomous land, sea and air vehicles to communicate, self-organize and safely interact.” 

A provider of science, technology and strategy services to the federal government, Noblis was recognized for its “distributed ledger system that keeps a record of interactions between multiple modes of transportation including buses, trains, bike-shares and rideshares – allowing them to build a record of earned trust to facilitate future coordination.” 

Pieces of 8 had already earned the Highest Potential Impact Award and the Most Creative Award at the MOBI Grand Challenge Phase I in Munich, Germany in February. In November, the concept received a 2019 Government – Industry Innovator award from 1105 Public Sector Media Group. 

“The Noblis Po8 approach can have a significant impact on public sector endeavors, unmanned systems and the future of human-machine interaction,” said Mile Corrigan, vice president, federal civilian solutions, Noblis. “Our system enables nearby connected machines – such as autonomous passenger vehicles, autonomous drones or autonomous robots traversing hostile terrain – to share situational awareness regarding obstacles and threats projected over time, and collectively plan actions that avoid collision or other conflicts.” 

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