SRA International machine learning experts to help humans and robots trust one another

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 27 June 2016. Machine learning experts at SRA International, a CSRA company in Chantilly, Va., will develop new approaches for machine learning to enable humans and robots to trust one another enough to work together under terms of a $7.5 million U.S. Air Force contract announced Friday.

Jun 27th, 2016
Machine learning to help humans to trust robots
Machine learning to help humans to trust robots
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 27 June 2016. Machine learning experts at SRA International, a CSRA company in Chantilly, Va., will develop new approaches for machine learning to enable humans and robots to trust one another enough to work together under terms of a $7.5 million U.S. Air Force contract announced Friday.

Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are asking SRA International for technology development related to understanding the trust calibration process of human-machine teaming.

Air Force researchers are asking SRA International to research news ways to carry out human-robot teaming, calibrate trust, and methods to foster transparency in human-machine contexts.

Air Force researchers specifically are asking SRA International to help humans and robots trust one another when it comes to aircraft pilots, intelligence analysts, maintenance technicians, and advanced human-robot teaming concepts.

The project involves injecting the socio-emotional elements of interpersonal team and trust dynamics into human-robot teams to drive teaming effectiveness.

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The project involves semiautonomous, symbiotic, human-machine teaming (HMT) research; research to identify the psychological and physiological antecedents and consequences of suspicion within a human-machine context; research to understand the factors that shape trust calibration within a human-machine context; and research to understand the most significant components driving trust and performance within human-robotic interaction.

The domains of application for this research may include automated tools in aircraft cockpits; analyst tools and aids for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) analysis and exploitation; software code; automated translation capabilities; and advanced Air Force robotic systems.

On this contract SRA International will do the work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and should be finished by March 2023. For more information contact SRA International online at www.csra.com, or the Air Force Research Lab at www.wpafb.af.mil/AFRL.

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