Mixed Initiative Systems for Human-Swarm Interaction: Opportunities and Challenges

Aya Hussein, Hussein Abbass

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Abstract

Human-swarm interaction (HSI) involves a number of human factors impacting human behaviour throughout the interaction. As the technologies used within HSI advance, it is more tempting to increase the level of swarm autonomy within the interaction to reduce the workload on humans. Yet, the prospective negative effects of high levels of autonomy on human situational awareness can hinder this process. Flexible autonomy aims at trading-off these effects by changing the level of autonomy within the interaction when required; with mixed-initiatives combining human preferences and automation's recommendations to select an appropriate level of autonomy at a certain point of time. However, the effective implementation of mixed-initiative systems raises fundamental questions on how to combine human preferences and automation recommendations, how to realise the selected level of autonomy, and what the future impacts on the cognitive states of a human are. We explore open challenges that hamper the process of developing effective flexible autonomy. We then highlight the potential benefits of using system modelling techniques in HSI by illustrating how they provide HSI designers with an opportunity to evaluate different strategies for assessing the state of the mission and for adapting the level of autonomy within the interaction to maximise mission success metrics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 2nd Annual Systems Modelling Conference, SMC 2018
EditorsMichael J. Ryan, Sondoss Elsawah, Enayat A. Moallemi
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665831
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd Annual Systems Modelling Conference, SMC 2018 - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 4 Oct 2018 → …

Publication series

Name2018 2nd Annual Systems Modelling Conference, SMC 2018

Conference

Conference2nd Annual Systems Modelling Conference, SMC 2018
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period4/10/18 → …

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