Introduction

The Applied Research Centre for Defence and Security (ARC) is a group of data scientists and data science software engineers who focus on the application of cutting-edge technology to problems within the defence and security sector. The centre is staffed by individuals who are full-time employed researchers at the Turing. It enables the UK’s security forces to draw on the very best of academia to achieve high impact solutions to the most pressing challenges in the field.

Explaining the science

The Applied Research Centre bridges the gap between academia and the defence and security sectors, bringing cutting-edge technology to bear on the unique and challenging problems faced in defence and security. It works on applied problems, primarily in response to operational use cases or policy needs, with a rapid turn-around time.

The emphasis is on delivering usable outputs – such as software code and demonstrators – aligned to practical and targeted research objectives. The ARC runs a flexible operating model, allowing for lightweight tasking and agile retasking as requirements change. They maintain a high level of interactivity with partners through regular meetings, as well as sharing access to GitHub repos and Kanban boards.

Project aims

The ARC allows new technologies and methods to be de-risked for specific applications within defence and security. They produce proof-of-concept demonstrators and provide support on their application to partner data, as well as providing impartial advice on current research and potential applications. This informs partners’ decisions on policy, investment into data science technologies and future-proofing of data storage and processing.

Applications

The ARC provides a lightweight and flexible model for scoping and de-risking the application of data science to defence and security problems.

Organisers

Researchers and collaborators