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Intelligent Autonomy

Autonomous and collaborative technologies significantly reduce the number of military personnel needed to operate unmanned systems.


The military's use of unmanned vehicles in autonomous and collaborative roles is expanding rapidly. We provide intelligent autonomy and teaming (or collaborative) technologies to support Lockheed Martin products. These products enable warfighters to effectively exploit current and future unmanned systems. We are focused specifically on two critical operational goals:

  • Significantly reduce the human workload needed to use unmanned systems.
  • Enable effective deployment of teams of unmanned vehicles.

Key Technologies

We have several technologies that directly support autonomy and teaming, including:

  • Mission Effectiveness and Safety Assessment (MENSA) that is a contingency-management component for unmanned systems. It monitors vehicle state, as well as incoming battlespace and environment information, to identify factors that affect vehicle safety and mission success. MENSA works in conjunction with the vehicle's planning system to dynamically replan in reaction to contingencies.
  • Collaboration Framework that manages information flow and interactions, and allocates roles for a group of unmanned vehicles to function and respond as a team to mission elements.
  • Multi-Modal Operator Interface that is a set of technologies for spoken-language interface, negotiated alert management, and workload monitoring. The interface lets the warfighter manage teams of unmanned vehicles.
  • Role-Based Operations Architecture that is a role-based approach to the formation and function of heterogeneous teams—based on socio-cognitive models of human teams—that include any combination of unmanned systems, intelligent agents, and humans.

We have successfully integrated MENSA, Multi-Modal Interface, and Collaboration Framework products into the ICARUS and UCAR development efforts. We are ready to work with Lockheed Martin partners to insert intelligent-autonomy technology into programs developing unmanned systems.

Applications and Transition Opportunities

We are developing and delivering key technologies and capabilities in:

  • Collaboration, contingency management, situational awareness, and human-machine interaction for Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego's Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft.
  • Information management and human-computer interaction for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Intelligent Control and Autonomous Replanning of Unmanned Systems (ICARUS) program that provides successful autonomous, dynamic, replanning capabilities in unmanned vehicles for the Office of Naval Research.
  • Composable, reactive behaviors for unmanned systems by applying artificial-intelligence-based methods to manage combinations of behaviors in autonomous robots.
  • Acquisition of warfighter and commander intent to deliver mission status and results to the warfighter in support of SRI's Heterogeneous Urban RSTA Teams system.
  • Unmanned vehicle health monitoring, intelligent-agent technology, and data fusion for the General UAV Associate system.

Autonomy and Teaming is one of several Business Areas for the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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