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Delegating responsibilities in human-robot teams
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Paper Abstract

Trends in combat technology research point to an increasing role for uninhabited vehicles and other robotic elements in modern warfare tactics. However, real-time control of multiple uninhabited battlefield robots and other semi-autonomous systems, in diverse fields of operation, is a difficult problem for modern warfighters that, while identified, has not been adequately addressed. Soar Technology is applying software agent technology to simplify demands on the human operator. Our goal is to build intelligent systems capable of finding the best balance of control between the human and autonomous system capabilities. We are developing an Intelligent Control Framework (ICF) from which to create agent-based systems that are able to dynamically delegate responsibilities across multiple robotic assets and the human operator. This paper describes proposed changes to our ICF architecture based on principles of human-machine teamwork derived from collaborative discourse theory. We outline the principles and the new architecture, and give examples of the benefits that can be realized from our approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6230, Unmanned Systems Technology VIII, 62300B (9 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666203
Show Author Affiliations
Elyon A. M. DeKoven, Soar Technology, Inc. (United States)
Bob Bechtel, Soar Technology, Inc. (United States)
Jack Zaientz, Soar Technology, Inc. (United States)
Sean Lisse, Soar Technology, Inc. (United States)
Anne K. G. Murphy, Soar Technology, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6230:
Unmanned Systems Technology VIII
Grant R. Gerhart; Charles M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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