Global Security Initiative

Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming

Increasingly, humans are working on teams with non-human teammates in the national security arena. As non-human teaming increases, how well we interact with our new partners becomes a deciding factor in mission success. In recognition of this, GSI leaders and faculty affiliates established the Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming (CHART) in 2017.

Future teams will consist of a mix of humans, robots, and autonomous software agents or intelligent agents. For example, soldiers will work as a team with swarms of ground, aerial and underwater robots, as well as software-agent teammates that help them with mission-critical tasks such as making decisions and distinguishing friend from foe.

Just as human teammates bring different skills to a team, so too will the robot and software-agent teammates, extending the capabilities of the team. Much work has been done on the interaction and effectiveness of human teams and the control of synthetic teams such as robotic swarms. However, the coordination of teams comprised of multiple humans and multiple synthetic agents is an underserved area that is rapidly increasing in importance to military operations and national security, as well as the commercial world.

CHART aims to fill this gap in research. We strive to develop and deploy technologies, tools and best practices for the composition, training, management and evaluation of human, AI and robot teams working together in support of national security. The center also conducts research on potential ethical and legal issues likely to arise as agents and robots are assigned increasing autonomy.