Outcomes from the First Wingman Software-in-the-Loop Integration Event: January 2017

Report No. ARL-TN-0830
Authors: Kristin E Schaefer; Ralph W Brewer; E Ray Pursel; Anthony Zimmermann; Eduardo Cerame; Keith Briggs
Date/Pages: June 2017; 32 pages
Abstract: During 27–29 January 2017, the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) hosted a software integration event to build a working software-in-the-loop (SIL) simulation environment in support of the US Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center Wingman program. Wingman focuses on humanâ??machine collaboration, decision making, humanâ??machine combat teaming, and advanced mannedâ??unmanned teaming operations. Its primary operational objective is to effectively project lethality for first contact with enemy forces, enabling friendly freedom of maneuver. Developing a joint SIL will allow for rapid prototyping, software development, and early assessment by joint services and team members. Developments in the SIL can be directly implemented on real-world vehicles. In addition, this SIL will also provide a simulation test bed for ARL to assess human interaction with mannedâ??unmanned teams during periods without realâ??world field tests. Outcomes of joint research efforts will support the design of a robotic system user interface and enhance communication among mannedâ??unmanned team members, which are critical to achieve Training and Doctrine Command 6+1 required capabilities for robotics and autonomous systems.
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2017