Researching the Interactions of Human and Computer Decision-Making
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.
*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.
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In the News
"Machines That Kill: Will We Rely on Autonomous Weapons?" New America Panel, 24 February, 2015
"Thinking About Getting a Drone? Better Listen to this First!" PC Mike's Techcast, 30 January, 2015
"What to do About Drones" CNN Op-Ed, 29 January, 2015
"White House Drone Crash Said to be 'Recreational'" Wall Street Journal interview, 26 January, 2015
"Why Can't Robots Understand Sarcasm?" The Atlantic interview, 22 January, 2015