MTSI Announced as Finalist for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards


Modern Technology Solutions Incorporated (MTSI) Announced as Finalist for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

Awards ceremony to be held at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022 in Orlando, FL

April 12, 2022

Modern Technology Solutions Incorporated (MTSI) has been named as a finalist in the Xcellence in Technology: Software Design and Coding category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Uncrewed Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). MTSI was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants as one of several finalists. Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at AUVSI XPONENTIAL on April 27th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

The Supervised Autonomous Function Executive (SAFE®) is a simple and deterministic multi-monitor run time assurance (MM-RTA) software product based on the NASA developed Expandable Variable Autonomous Architecture.  SAFE® is intended to enable certification of any highly autonomous or untrusted system utilizing complex software.  SAFE® monitors a system’s behavior, flight characteristics, system health, and if the system is projected to violate any of a set of user defined limits, SAFE® takes control of the system and, if required, executes user defined recovery functions. Once the boundary violation has been avoided, SAFE® returns control of the system to the operator or autonomous system.

“SAFE® enables certification authorities with the ability to certify non-deterministic systems (those that can learn from their experiences and apply that knowledge to do things better in the future), which has not been feasible until now.” says Russell Wolfe, MTSI Vice President of Engineering.  “The SAFE® framework can be applied to systems in any domain (air, space, ground, & maritime) and inverts the certification paradigm from having to specify everything a system WILL do under all conditions to specifying what a system WON’T do under any conditions. This paradigm shift should greatly simplify and shorten the certification process for highly autonomous systems with complex software to include artificial Intelligence and machine learning.”

“During AUVSI’s 50th anniversary year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of the uncrewed systems industry within the last half-century, reflecting on lessons learned, and looking ahead to our vision for the future,” said Brian Wynne, President and CEO of AUVSI. “The 2022 XCELLENCE award finalists represent some of the leading innovations and organizations that will help us reach our shared vision of assured autonomy.”

XPONENTIAL offers a broad-based and balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between. The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators in the uncrewed systems industry, including individuals and organizations, with a demonstrated commitment to advancing autonomy, leading and promoting safe adoption of uncrewed systems, and developing programs that use these technologies to save lives and improve society.

For media registration for XPONENTIAL, click here or contact Chelsie Jeppson at cjeppson@auvsi.org. For more information about XPONENTIAL and the XCELLENCE Awards, visit xponential.org.

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Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) is a 100% employee-owned engineering services and technology solutions company delivering first-choice capabilities to solve problems of global importance. Our mission is to make important, lasting contributions to the nation’s defense, security, and most technically challenging strategic problems. Founded in 1993 by two retired Air Force engineers, we have achieved stable growth and have been recognized for our core values and commitment to our customers’ success.

About AUVSI

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government, and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

About XPONENTIALAUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest, most significant event for the uncrewed systems industry. The 2022 exhibit hall will showcase hundreds of cutting-edge companies from around the world and the conference will feature educational programming by uncrewed systems experts, providing information about the future of policy, technology and business solutions and trending topics.