Assessment of robust autonomy for unmanned systems : progress and challenges

Williams, Brendan & Perez, Tristan (2012) Assessment of robust autonomy for unmanned systems : progress and challenges. In Proceedings of the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Conference 2012 - Volume 2, Curran Associates, Inc, Las Vegas, NA, pp. 871-884.

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Abstract

The growing number of potential applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in civilian operations and national security is putting pressure of National Airworthiness Authorities to provide a path for certification and allow UAS integration into the national airspace. The success of this integration depends not only on developments in improved UAS reliability and safety, but also on regulations for certification, and methodologies for operational performance and safety assessment. This paper focuses on the latter and describes progress in relation to a previously proposed framework for evaluating robust autonomy of UAS. The paper draws parallels between the proposed evaluation framework and the evaluation of pilots during the licensing process. It discusses how the data from the proposed evaluation can be used as an aid for decision making in certification and UAS designs. Finally, it discusses challenges associated with the evaluation.

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ID Code: 78263
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Evaluation framework, Licensing process, National air spaces, Operational performance , Reliability and safeties, Safety assessments, Unmanned aircraft system, Unmanned system
ISBN: 9781622765157
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2014 22:53
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 04:02

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