To Merge Human Intelligence With Robotic War Machines

Monday, August 9, 2010
By Paul Martin

Aptima Teams Up To Extend Human Intelligence To UAVS

In less than a decade, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have evolved from a curiosity on the battlefield to a core ‘eyes in the sky’ resource for the US military.
Yet, as more UAVs enter the battlespace for new and novel uses, these unmanned systems will need to operate more intelligently and autonomously, evading enemy hazards and adapting to the changing mission conditions with reduced human intervention.

To meet the challenge of how human knowledge can be transferred to machine systems, Aptima and the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute are developing MIMIC, the “Mixed Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing,” a capability for capturing and conveying to UAVs the flight control and decision-making expertise lodged in the heads of humans.

MIMIC is being developed through a contract with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), to help ONR to create a next generation of intelligent UAVs that can operate more autonomously, allowing the UAV for example, to infer mission threats and more quickly avoid adversary actions, to self-launch or land, and to make necessary flight control decisions when communications are disrupted, or the human operator’s attention is divided amongst several UAVs.

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