Speaker: Dr. David R. Jacques, Lt-Col (USAF-Ret), Professor of Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology
Abstract: The Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) Center at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has begun development of a new Reference Architecture for Autonomy to begin to answer the myriad of needs within research, development and testing of autonomous and/or cooperative systems. This Reference Architecture will initially cater to small unmanned aerial and ground vehicles and the interfaces and operators that would be used to direct these vehicles in accomplishing tasks. The framework should be flexible to allow achievement of effective mission capabilities with autonomous and cooperative agents. The framework will consist of hardware and software models and documentation that will enable researchers to develop focused autonomy capabilities in a stable and comparable testbed, with the intention of accommodating both simulated and real world flight test where appropriate. The Reference Architecture will facilitate reuse of hardware/software components, thus allowing accelerated design-build-test cycles and progress towards greater capabilities from autonomous/cooperative agent systems. The first spiral will focus on multi-vehicle aerial/ground missions and include several mission templates that exercise a range of human-autonomy interactions.
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