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.
In the News
"Google's Project Wing Could Lift US Drone Industry" An interview with Fox News 29 August 2014
"We Need to Reform Our Drone Policies (But This Isn't About Privacy)" Wired Op-ed 13 August 2014
"NPR Here & Now" An interview with NPR, 5 August 2014
"Professors Oppose U.S. Curb on Commerical Drone Use" The Wall Street Journal, 27 July 2014
"When will robots take over the world?" An interview with The Atlantic, 17 July 2014
"FAA investigating drone flights after Fourth of July fireworks video goes viral" (Rawstory) 12 July 2014
"Drones and autonomous systems" (Radio In Vivo interview) 2 July 2014
"Women Mean Business" interview with Leisa Holland-Nelson, 24 June 2014