Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative Web Feature
Catalyzing Collaboration and Communication for Autonomy: Seven Department of Defense Laboratory Teams Selected for Funding
Development and deployment of autonomous technology is a priority across the Department of Defense. In November 2012, to complement our contracted research in autonomy with industry and academia, the department established the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative (ARPI). This initiative is an experimental effort to attract internal DoD ideas from laboratory bench-level scientists and engineers, and encourage cross-service communication and collaboration on autonomy-related research topics.
Guided by feedback from operational experience and evolving mission requirements, seven proposals were selected out of 54 submissions to be
a part of this $45 million multi-year activity. These proposals feature either unique solutions for the cross-domain applicability of the products or demonstrate new approaches to more established problems. The seven proposals selected are:
- Exploiting Priming Effects in Autonomous Cognitive Systems: Develops machine perception that is relatable to the way a human perceives an environment (Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence; Army Research Laboratory)
- Autonomous Squad Member: Integrates machine semantic understanding, reasoning and understanding, perception into a ground robotic system (Army Research Laboratory; Naval Research Laboratory, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence)
- Autonomy for Adaptive Collaborative Sensing: Develops intelligent ISR capability for sensing platforms to have capability to find/track targets (Air Force Research Laboratory; Army Research Laboratory; Naval Research Laboratory)
- Realizing Autonomy via Intelligent Adaptive Hybrid Control: Develops flexible UAV operator interface enabling operator to "call a play" or manually control system (Air Force Research Laboratory; SPAWAR, Naval Research Laboratory; Army Research Laboratory)
- Autonomy for Air Combat Missions: Mixed Human/UAV Teams: Develops goal-directed reasoning, machine learning and operator interaction techniques to enable management of multiple, team UAVs (Air Force Research Laboratory; Naval Research Laboratory; Naval Air Warfare Center; Army Research Laboratory)
- A Privileged Sensing Network-Revolutionizing Human-Autonomy Integration: Develops integrated human sensing capability to enable the human-machine team (Army Research Laboratory, Army Tank Automotive Research Center; Air Force Research Laboratory)
- Autonomous Collective Defeat of Hard and Deeply Buried Targets: Develops small UAV teaming algorithms to enable systems to autonomously search a cave (Air Force Research Laboratory; Army Research Laboratory; Defense Threat Reduction Agency)
The goal of ARPI is to advance technologies that will result in autonomous systems that provide more capability to warfighters, lessen the cognitive load on operator/supervisors, and lower overall operational cost. The potential cross-cutting advances of this initiative in multiple domains provide an exciting prospect for interoperability among the military services as well as potentially meeting future acquisitions requirements.