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NPS Researchers, Marines Explore the Trust Factor in Human-Machine Teaming

December 07, 2020

Trust in autonomous systems to do what they are designed to do, and meant to do, is paramount before these systems can be confidently employed as an operational capability. In an era of Great Power Competition, where those who can field autonomous capabilities the fastest will have a distinct advantage, researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School are exploring many of the fundamentals of autonomous systems, especially in the trust and confidence arena. On the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, NPS researchers conducted a novel experiment with an autonomous robot in a simulated environment – with real Marines – seeking to understand just how confident the Marines were in the robot to complete its tasks in a combat environment…

A U.S. Marine conducts an operations check on a 310 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle on Camp Dwyer, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 11.