Global Security Initiative

Human, artificial intelligence and robot teaming

Tomorrow's coworkers will look very different from today's

Humans are increasingly working together with synthetic agents, both robotic and software-based, to carry out essential national security functions. The benefits of such teams are far-reaching: decreased risk for the humans and a greater capacity to process information and adapt to dynamic, quickly-changing environments. But like any team, for the group to function optimally there must be a baseline of trust, an understanding of roles and a shared commitment to achieving an outcome.

We are identifying how best to work with synthetic agents

In pursuit of this goal, GSI established the Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming (CHART) in 2017. The multidisciplinary center is leading the charge to develop methods to assemble the most effective human-synthetic agent teams in support of national security. CHART is also researching the ethical and legal ramifications of the increased autonomy assigned to artificial intelligence (AI) and robots.

Capabilities

capabilities

GSI is researching how heterogeneous teams of humans and synthetic agents can best operate in an array of situations and applications, including: 

  • search and rescue missions
  • disaster response
  • explosive ordnance detection and disposal
  • chemical, biological and nuclear detection
  • distributed team training with virtual teammates
  • logistics
  • construction
  • defense operations
  • autonomous and remotely-piloted ground and air vehicles

Featured project

Assembling teams of the future

CHART brings together researchers from human systems engineering, robotics, computer science, law, biology and numerous other disciplines to create new knowledge and technology through the transdisciplinary integration of these areas.

The center builds upon the research of Professor Nancy Cooke's Cognitive Engineering Research on Team Tasks (CERTT) Lab and Assistant Professor Spring Berman's Autonomous Collective Systems Laboratory. CERTT focuses on improving team effectiveness in cognitive task environments such as military command and control, while Berman's lab specializes in creating tools and methods for controlling robotic swarms to collectively complete tasks in unknown, remote and hazardous environments with limited data and communication.