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Trusting Non-Deterministic Autonomous Agents

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Trusting Non-Deterministic Autonomous Agents

To realize the full benefit from autonomy, systems will have to react to unknown events and uncertain dynamic environments.  The resulting number of behaviors is essentially infinite; thus, the system is effectively non-deterministic.  This research is exploring new methods to verify and validate (V&V) non-deterministic systems and then inform the operator to foster trust and increase efficiency of the system as a whole.

To realize the full benefit from autonomy, systems will have to react to unknown events and uncertain dynamic environments.  The resulting number of behaviors is essentially infinite; thus, the system is effectively non-deterministic.  An operator overseeing a group of autonomous vehicles needs to understand and trust the actions of the autonomous vehicles.  Achieving trust will become even more difficult and complicated if the vehicles are able to make effectively non-deterministic decisions.  This research intends to tackle these problems by informing the operator of the autonomous agent's decision and aspects of its decision process to foster trust and increase efficiency of the system as a whole. This will ultimately aid in developing new methods to V&V non-deterministic systems.

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