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Autonomy in Communications-Limited Environments

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Systems Concepts and Integration

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Autonomy, Communications, Reliability, UAV, UGV, Unmanned systems, USV, UUV, UxV


All NATO nations recognize the growing problem of limitations of platform capacity in warfighting. In regions where communications to unmanned systems are severely limited (the undersea domain, for example) autonomy is particularly important for sensor signal processing, vehicle situational awareness, and long term mission planning. As such, there is a definite need to explore what can be done with respect to autonomy issues in communications-limited environments to stay ahead of potential opponents.


The objectives of this activity are to investigate: a) A shared autonomy framework to facilitate a common understanding of autonomy capabilities and collaboration among the member nations. b) Interface standards that support rapid integration and interoperability of vehicles and capabilities. c) The development of data processing and autonomy algorithms to enable increased autonomy in communications-limited environments. d) Human operator/autonomy interactions for autonomy augmentation in conditions of severely limited communications. e) The establishment of a common test-bed for shared simulated and at-sea experimentation. f) Verification and validation of autonomy and autonomous systems.


A. Autonomy and autonomous behaviours for single and multi-vehicle systems to be developed in support of future NATO operations. B. On-board vehicle data processing algorithms to mitigate the effects of limited communications, enable increased vehicle intelligence, and deliver persistent long range autonomy. C. Monitor the progress of developments through, simulations at-sea experimentations and verification and validation of autonomous systems.

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