Army researchers advance human-intelligent agent teaming

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD - The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Brain Initiative, or IEEE Brain launches a newly developed web presence to engage the scientific community in an effort to strategize scientific and engineering approaches for future effective human-artificial intelligence teaming.

The mission of IEEE Brain is to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and coordination to advance research, standardization and development of technologies in neuroscience to help improve the human condition.

"Trends towards increasingly effective intelligent technologies, novel approaches to integrate humans and intelligent technologies, and increased resolution to understand and predict human behavior underlie projections of a future where human and intelligent agents join together to enable team functionality far surpassing today's capabilities," said Dr. Arwen Decostanza, ARL researcher.

Researchers say these trends point to a future vision, but accelerating the technology development to get there remains an open question.

Army research explores individualized, adaptive technologies focused on enhancing teamwork within heterogeneous human-intelligent agent teams. (U.S. Army illustration)

"ARL is leveraging IEEE Brain's inaugural on-line brainstorming forum to engage the community on the scientific, engineering and innovation challenges underlying technology development," Decostanza said.

Decostanza and colleagues wrote a position paper on the scientific challenges underlying the technologies that are tailored to individual team members or sub-groups to enhance the overall outcomes of a human-agent team.

"We submitted the paper to IEEE Brain and they agreed to publish it on their on-line brainstorming forum," she said. "IEEE Brain, with the ARL authors, have integrated several mechanisms to engage in this brainstorming activity. To gather quick opinions from the community, polling questions are embedded within the position paper itself."

Dr. Kaleb McDowell, chief scientist for ARL's Human Research and Engineering Directorate said open dialogue among the broad academic, industry and government communities is a critical component of identifying the necessary research and development required to achieve a transformational level of technology.

"To enable the transition from science to field, dialogues must bridge multiple disciplines of science and engineering, as well as, non-traditional approaches that engender innovation," McDowell said. "IEEE Brain offers the opportunity for the community to engage in an open dialogue on the science and engineering underlying specific technological goals."

Dr. Paul Sajda, a professor at Columbia University and co-Chair of IEEE Brain was instrumental helping the team establish the forum.

"We are happy to create a forum for the scientific community to provide feedback on ARL's position paper on the future of human-AI teaming," Sajda said. "The IEEE Brain Initiative is dedicated to working with academia, industry and government to develop, discuss and debate technology roadmaps in a variety of areas pertaining to new interfaces between humans and machines."

He said ARL's position paper will generate a substantial amount of enthusiastic feedback from the broad constituencies of the IEEE and the scientific community.

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