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Characterizing unmanned system autonomy: contextual autonomous capability and level of autonomy analyses
Author(s): Hui-Min Huang; Kerry Pavek; Mark Ragon; Jeffry Jones; Elena Messina; James Albus
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Paper Abstract

The Autonomy Levels for Unmanned Systems (ALFUS) workshop series was convened to address the autonomous nature of unmanned, robotic systems, or unmanned systems (UMS). Practitioners have different perceptions or different expectations for these systems. The requirements on human interactions, the types of tasks, the teaming of the UMSs and the humans, and the operating environment are just a few of the issues that need to be clarified. Also needed is a set of definitions and a model with which the autonomous capability of the UMS can be described. This paper reports the current results and status of the ALFUS framework, which practitioners can apply to analyze the autonomy requirements and to evaluate the performance of their robotic programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6561, Unmanned Systems Technology IX, 65611N (2 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719894
Show Author Affiliations
Hui-Min Huang, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Kerry Pavek, L3 Communications Titan Corp. (United States)
Mark Ragon, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Jeffry Jones, Navigator Development Group Inc. (United States)
Elena Messina, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
James Albus, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6561:
Unmanned Systems Technology IX
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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