We propose a novel approach to the design, development and implementation of coordinated classes of autonomous and semi-autonomous taskable vehicles , both ground based (UGVs) and airborne (UAVs). The agents will be equipped with a unique cognitive architecture which makes on-line learning and reconfiguration possible. Hence, the agents will have the ability to respond to environmental and situational variables and re-task themselves autonomously. Alternatively, situation information transmitted to the remote warfighter(s) will make it possible to perform re-tasking remotely.

The system proposed here will enable the warfighters of the future to control groups of intelligent machines, enabling them to operate as a single unit in the performance of particular tasks.

Last modified: August 5, 1997
Gaurav Sukhatme, email: gaurav@robotics.usc.edu