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Unmanned Vehicle Autonomy

Addressing the Limits to Unmanned Vehicle Autonomy Through Human-Computer Collaboration

Speaker: Andrew Clare

Science, Technology, and Society Program
Spring 2012 Colloquium Series
Date: Thursday April 12, 2012
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rodman Room
Thornton Hall
University of Virginia

In the future, teams of networked Unmanned Vehicles (UVs) will be utilized for military operations, border patrol, atmospheric research, forest firefighting, search and rescue, and cargo delivery among other uses. Recent advances in UV autonomy along with the development of optimization algorithms for dynamic scheduling of tasks for multiple UVs have enabled this future vision. The impending use of teams of humans and UVs in American airspace raises new ethical and legal issues. One key concern is that the uncertainty and time constraints inherent to command and control situations can cause poor performance by these automated systems. Thus, researchers at the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory ( are developing mixed-initiative scheduling systems, where a human guides a computer algorithm in a collaborative process to solve the scheduling problem for the team of UVs. Examples from simulation-based experiments, indoor flight tests, and outdoor flight tests will show how such a human-computer collaborative system can best handle a realistic scenario with unknown variables, possibly inaccurate information, and dynamic environments. On-going research on this topic from Humans and Automation Lab will be described, including investigations into modeling both qualitative and quantitative aspects of how humans work with scheduling algorithms and teams of UVs. Finally, the impact of these research efforts on the relevant ethical and legal issues will considered.

Andrew Clare is a Ph.D. Candidate in the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology from MIT in 2008 and his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2010. He has held research internship positions with the U.S. Army Research Laboratories, General Electric Aviation, Aurora Flight Sciences, and the National Aerospace Laboratory in Amsterdam. He was the recipient of a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) in 2008.

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GIS Workshop: Gazetteers

GIS Workshop: Gazetteers

Wednesday, April 11
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Brown Library Electronic Classroom
Clark Hall
University of Virginia

Repeats on:
Thursday, April 12
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Brown Library Electronic Classroom
Clark Hall
University of Virginia

What are gazetteers anyway? They are geographical directories or dictionaries. This session will discuss gazetteers and why they are so useful.

Data Management Day

When: Thursday, April 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Curry Library Innovation Commons (the CLIC),Curry School of Education, 3rd Floor, Ruffner Hall

The University of  Virginia Library’s Scientific Data Consulting Group is pleased to offer Data Management Day as a means to discuss research data issues and institutional initiatives aimed at addressing them. We hope that the day’s events increase awareness of data management issues and serve as a forum to discuss solutions and best practices for data management across the entire research life cycle. We have carefully developed an agenda that will appeal to researchers, graduate students, librarians and support personnel.

In order to foster broader information sharing and collaboration with our peer institutions, we have invited librarians and support providers from other Virginia institutions to attend in person, or participate via a video teleconferencing broadcast across the 4VA network. .

As speakers confirm their availability, we will continue to update the schedule. If you would like more information, please contact Sherry Lake at

Keynote Speaker: Alberto Conti
Innovation Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute (

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