Managing autonomy in a dynamic interactive system that contains a mix of human and software agent intelligence is a challenging task. In such systems, giving an agent a complete control over its autonomy is a risky practice while manually setting the agent’s autonomy level is an inefficient approach. This paper addresses this issue via formulating a Situation Awareness Assessment (SAA) technique to assist in determining an appropriate agents’ operational state. We propose four operational states of agents’ execution cycles; proceed, halt, block and terminate, each of which is determined based on the agents’ performance. We apply the SAA technique in a proposed Layered Adjustable Autonomy (LAA) model. The LAA conceptualizes autonomy as a spectrum and is constructed in a layered structure. The SAA and the LAA notions are applicable to humans’ and agents’ collaborative environment. We provide an experimental scenario to test and validate the proposed notions in a real-time application.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Computer Science(all)