SEIT’s Trusted Autonomy group awarded funding in the HPRnet project


SEIT’s Trusted Autonomy (TA) group have been successful in securing funding as one of only seven Australian universities, selected from 66 submissions, for the HPRnet project. The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and the Australian Army have established the Human Performance Research network (HPRnet, pronounced hip-er-net) to enhance soldiers’ performance, physically and cognitively.

SEIT’s TA group consists of Prof Hussein Abbass, A/Prof Matt Garratt, A/Prof Kathryn Kasmarik, Dr Sreenatha Anavatti and Dr Spike Barlow who have been awarded $449,947 over 4 years to research “Trusted human-autonomy teaming in teleoperations”. The aim of this project is to develop methodologies for improving, and metrics for measuring, the mission effectiveness of human-machine (autonomous systems) teams.

The project will investigate four sub-questions:

1. Using wearable technologies, how can we automatically recognise human activities during teleoperation of autonomous systems? This recognition task facilitates intent management and the development of mutual predictability.

2. What is an appropriate set of cognitive and behavioural indicators for humans, and task-complexity indicators, to enable efficient monitoring of these indicators in order to load-balance the distribution of sub-tasks among human and non-human actors?

3. What is an appropriate methodology for real-time load balancing between humans and autonomous entities in remotely supervised tasks?

4. How can we assure trustworthiness in a team made of humans and autonomous systems during teleoperation? Trust assurance is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of teleoperation missions.