On the Premise of a Swarm Guidance Ontology for Human-Swarm Teaming
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TimeTuesday, October 26th10:00am - 10:50am EDT
LocationVirtual 1
DescriptionEffective Human-Swarm Teaming (HST) relies on bi-directional information flow between the human and the swarm. Systems with human control or oversight rely on information flow from the swarm to the humans to inform decisions, while information that flows back from humans is only that necessary for actuation, which remains primarily physical. To unlock the full potential of HSTs, the augmentation must extend into the overall logic of teaming, including both the human’s and machine’s cognitive domains, whereby an AI-equipped robot teammate is capable of complex cognitive functions. The effectiveness of HST will need a sufficient level of transparency in the interaction space formed by the bi-directional information flow between the human and the swarm. This transparency must continuously and constructively interpret the information exchanged between the human and the swarm to afford both cognitive agents with the capacity to form shared understanding and situation awareness, and thus, facilitating effective teaming through trust. An ontology is one formal representational construct that enables bi-directional interpretation, thus, transparency. In this paper, we conceptualise and present a meta-ontology for transparent HST interactions.