Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Army researchers use AI to contextualize robotic thinking


December 03, 2019

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. A U.S.-Army-led research team developed new algorithms and filled in knowledge gaps about how robots contribute to teams and what robots know about their environment and teammates through effective bidirectional communication that utilizes specific algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) approaches.

The team looked at a holistic approach to develop and integrate environmental context, mission context, and social context to advance human-autonomy teaming through bidirectional communication capabilities.

The team seeks to identify critical scientific advances made by the Army's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA), on techniques for developing and advancing context-driven AI to support future human-autonomy teams and situational awareness.

Avenues of research discussed include how context enables robots to fill in the gaps to make effective decisions more quickly, supports more robust behaviors, and augments robot communications to suit the needs of the team under a variety of environments and team organizations and across missions.