• Drone Research Team Picture

    Drone Piloting Research Team 2018

  • HAIER_pSulu

    Humans and Autonomy Interface for Exploring Risks (HAIER)

    Humans and Autonomy Interface for Exploring Risks (HAIER) with pSulu algorithm

  • HAL Pedestrian App Experiment Personnel Team on July 27th, 2018

  • HAL team activity at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure on July 12th, 2018

  • HAL team building at the AMF bowling on June 15th, 2018

  • HAL Pedestrian App Experiment at North Carolina Center for Automotive Research (NCCAR) in June 2018

  • HAL Pedestrian App Experimenter Team at North Carolina Center for Automotive Research (NCCAR) in June 2018

    North Carolina Center for Automative Research (NCCAR) is an independent, nonprofit center that provides an advanced facility and a 2-mile racetrack for automotive product development research, and high-performance training.

  • HAL team activity at the NC Escape on May 30th, 2018

  • Robotics Student Symposium


    High School students from the Triangle area participated in the symposium and some displayed robots that they built for competitions.

  • Humans Assisting UAV Hacking Detection

    Researchers in HAL recently demonstrated that humans can successfully aid unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, in detecting when they are under a cyber attack.

Researching the Interactions of Human and Computer Decision-Making

Overview of current research in the Humans and Autonomy Lab, located in the new state-of-the-art Duke Robotics Facility.

Research in Duke University's Humans and Autonomy Lab (HAL*) focuses on the multifaceted interactions of human and computer decision-making in complex sociotechnical systems with embedded autonomy. 

Given the explosion of autonomous technology in aviation, medicine, and even in everyday mundane environments like driving, the need for humans as supervisors of and collaborators in complex autonomous control systems has replaced the need for humans in direct manual control. 

Instead of relying on humans for well-rehearsed skill execution and rule following that requires significant practice and memorization (and subject to problems such as fatigue and boredom), autonomous systems need humans for their more abstract levels of knowledge synthesis, judgment, and reasoning. Autonomous systems today, and even more so in the future, require coordination and teamwork for mutual support between humans and machines for both improved system safety and performance. 

Learn more about the Humans and Autonomy Lab

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*HAL was previously known as the Humans and Automation Laboratory at MIT and was moved to Duke University in the Fall of 2013. See http://web.mit.edu/aeroastro/labs/halab/index.shtml for archival information about HAL 1.0.