Source: AUVSI

Military minds discuss ways to ensure solid integration of unmanned systems that increasingly come from different developers

Bringing unmanned systems into service for the U.S. military increasingly requires integrating complex hardware, software, algorithms and other elements from different vendors and developers. Five experts on the challenges of safe, effective integration offered their insights Wednesday in a panel discussion called, “Advancing Autonomy Through Platform Integration.” Moderator Kevin Hagan, unmanned systems account executive for Peraton, opened the discussion with a description of its scope. Read more

Industry Standards Supporting Assured UAS Autonomy

As autonomous technologies become more integrated into the design and operation of the next generation of aircraft, industry standards can ensure system safety and help regulators to keep pace with evolving technology. In a panel today at XPONENTIAL 2021, leaders from the FAA and industry discussed how consensus-based standards are critical in supporting the integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Building consensus-based standards As the UAS industry seeks to formulate standards, panelists shared several factors that will be key for building consensus: Standards should account for both risks and benefits in implementing an autonomous system into the aircraft. Read more

Kate Darling Discusses the Future of Human-Robot Interaction

Robotic systems are increasingly moving from behind factory walls into homes, workplaces and other where they interact with humans. What societal challenges will we face in a future with robots as a result?   Over the course of her XPONENTIAL keynote and Q&A session, Kate Darling, PhD, addressed this and other complex questions that must be faced on the pathway to assured autonomy. A leading expert in robotic ethics, Dr. Darling is a research specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction.  Read more

Assured Onboard Autonomy Architecture for AUVs

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are becoming widely used in naval defense operations and commercial applications such as oil and gas surveying, environmental monitoring and search and rescue. During a breakout session today at XPONENTIAL, Arjuna Balasuriya, Senior Scientist at Charles River Analytics presented a new whitepaper on, “Assured Onboard Autonomy Architecture for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles.” Balasuriya’s remarks and whitepaper focused on how building trust with end-users to support limited human interaction with enable AUVs to be integrated in a way that reaches their fullest potential. A successfully integrated AUV must be adaptable to varying environmental and internal state changes, with top consideration being accuracy, bias and complexity. Read more

Singer spotlights increasingly urgent questions for society as AI revolution picks up speed

Futurist Peter Warren Singer drew lessons from the past in Wednesday’s XPONENTIAL 2021 keynote as he challenged his audience to grapple with the overarching questions that the prospect of an unmanned revolution raises for society. The questions, Singer noted, are increasingly urgent, given that advances toward the revolution have picked up dramatic speed during the pandemic. He cited a statistic from Stanford University’s AI Index, global investment in artificial intelligence grew 40 percent from 2019 to 2020, compared with growth of only 12 percent from 2018 to 2019. That statistic reflects what average consumers have witnessed in the form of heightened use of remote technologies for things like distance learning, telemedicine and drone delivery. Read more

Finalists Named for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

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AUVSI’s Accomplishments and Strategic Priorities for the Future

As the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, AUVSI empowers members with unmatched access to the global unmanned systems community and the tools to help navigate this ever-evolving ecosystem. AUVSI truly embodies the best of the unmanned systems industry, and it has been my honor to serve as Chairman of the Board for this wonderful organization over the last two years.  Read more

Panel shares insights and recommendations on cyber security for drone operations

A six-member panel of security-minded industry leaders spent a Tuesday afternoon session explaining and exploring what many consider to be an increasingly important, under-examined question: What precautions should companies that use unmanned aircraft be taking to ward off cyber attacks? The group, along with other security experts not present, took up the question to help the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems  develop what is being called a “Cyber SORA” (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) protocol. JARUS is expected to release a document for external comment in the coming week. Read more

Integrating Urban Air Mobility toward assured autonomy

New technologies start in the research stage and undergo experimentation before becoming operationalized – and unmanned and autonomous systems are no exception. While small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), like drones, have reached the final stage, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology is still in the research and experimentation phases. Read more

FAA’s Remote ID Rule Will Enable Drone Integration

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented new regulations addressing the remote identification of drones and drone operations over people and at night. The rules make critical steps toward assured autonomy by enabling more complex UAS uses, which will ultimately lead to more drone deliveries, public safety operations, and infrastructure inspections.  During today’s XPONENTIAL 2021 sessions, AUVSI hosted a panel of leading experts who were involved in the rulemaking process. Their discussion on next steps and standardization demonstrated why AUVSI approaches public policy under the umbrella of three principles: safety and security, government-industry collaboration, and performance-based regulations.  Read more