With almost USD$7 million in prizes, the DARPA Triage Challenge will use a series of challenge events to drive breakthrough innovations in the identification of physiological features (“signatures”) of injury. These new signatures will help medical responders perform scalable, timely, and accurate triage. Of particular interest are mass casualty incidents (MCIs), in both civilian and military settings, when medical resources are limited relative to the need.
To encourage broad participation across disciplines, the DARPA Triage Challenge includes both real-world and virtual competitions. Tracks are available for both DARPA-funded and self-funded teams. This call is to solicit proposals for DARPA-funded teams only under
Tracks A and D. Multiple awards will be made in each track.
In Track A (Real World Competition), competitors will use autonomous systems with stand-off sensors to capture physiological data. Competitors’ algorithms identify injury patterns for triage.
In Track D (Virtual Competition), using sensor data provided by RITMO via IV&V team, Competitors’ algorithms will predict life-saving interventions.
The primary goal of the DARPA Triage Challenge is to identify physiological signatures of traumatic injuries that can be captured with stand-off and contact-based sensors to enable medical responders to maximize lives saved and optimize the use of medical resources in complex MCI settings. The priority is development of these physiological signature-based models, not development of new sensor or sensor platform technology. Of particular interest are signatures derived from multi-modal sensing approaches which can enhance robustness against degradation of individual sensors, increase confidence through corroborating data from multiple sensors, and provide deeper insight into physiological status with complementary sensor inputs.
An additional goal of the DARPA Triage Challenge is to foster new cross-disciplinary collaborations around MCI preparedness. The DARPA Triage Challenge will bring together communities with expertise in triage and emergency medical response, tactical combat casualty care, trauma physiology, and a diverse array of sensor and algorithm technologies that will live beyond the DARPA Triage Challenge and continue to deliver innovative technologies that support medical responders.
– Abstracts due 20 December 2022, full proposals due 13 February 2023