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Autonomy from a System Perspective – Version 2.0

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Systems Concepts and Integration

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Autonomous military systems, autonomous operations concepts, Autonomy, humanmachine interaction, humanmachine teaming, unmanned platforms


SCI-296 conducted a Specialist Meeting (SM) on autonomy in Norway on 23-25 May 2017, identifying 17 topic areas related to autonomous systems (AS), along with possible future activities associated with each area. SCI-299 conducted a follow-up workshop to review the results of the SCI-296 SM. SCI-299 participants were asked to answer eight questions each about the relevance, scope, leadership, and way ahead for each of the 17 topic areas identified under SCI-296. During the kickoff meeting of SCI-331 at the CSO on 27-28 Aug 2019, participants recommended a “Version 2.0” of SCI-296 be conducted to sustain and enhance the momentum in the AS thematic area achieved by SCI-296 and SCI-299.


The overarching objective of this effort is to further refine the areas where NATO should increase scientific and technical focus in autonomy and autonomous systems. This Specialists Meeting will be constructed as a cross-panel effort due to the broad and pervasive nature of autonomy. The SCI Panel will lead the organization and representation from other panels will be included on the Organizing Committee.


A Specialists Meeting is envisioned that will address the following scientific topics: • Presentations covering o Analysis of Modified Condition/Decision Coverage (MC/DC) products from an S&T perspective o Conceptual approaches for testing, war gaming, and demoing autonomous systems in a relevant operational environment o Approaches for enhancing trust in autonomous systems o Verification and validation (V&V) for human-machine teaming • Breakout / working-level sessions investigating o The appropriate pairing of mission capabilities and autonomy at specific interdependency levels o Corresponding maturity level and identification of high-payoff areas

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