Supervisory Control of Unmanned Vehicles

Report No. ARL-TR-5136
Authors: Jessie Y. C. Chen, Michael J. Barnes, and Michelle Harper-Sciarini
Date/Pages: April 2010; 60 pages
Abstract: The purpose of this report is to review research pertaining to the limitations and advantages of supervisory control for unmanned vehicle (UV) systems. We identify and discuss results showing technologies that mitigate observed problems, such as specialized interfaces and adaptive systems. In the report, we first present an overview of definitions and important terms of supervisory control and human-agent teaming. We then discuss human performance issues in supervisory control of UVs with regard to operator multitasking performance, trust in automation, situation awareness, and operator workload. In the following sections, we review research findings for specific areas of supervisory control of unmanned air vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, and heterogeneous UVs (i.e., using different types of UVs in the same mission). In the last section, we review innovative techniques and technologies designed to enhance operator performance and reduce potential performance degradations identified in the literature.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2010