• HAL Lab Members


    Researchers from the Humans and Autonomy Lab.

  • Driverless Car App Testing at NCCAR

    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.

  • 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.

  • HAL's Team-Building at GoApe

    The HAL team not only works hard but also has fun together. We did a team building activity about "leadership" as well as the Zipline in the forest. Next time we will upgrade from the Treetop Junior course to the Treetop Adventure course. 

  • Bringing Technology to Real Users

    The Mobile Operations Command Center (MOC) allows HAL researchers the ability to conduct field experiments with every day people and commercial, off-the-shelf drones, and other fielded robotic systems.

  • Streamlining Interactions in High Speed Rail Operations

    As more advanced forms of automation are used in rail operations, the nature of work for engineers has changed with the increased information. HAL studies these complex environments to determine how to include advanced technologies without overwhelming operators.

  • Drones Are Everywhere

    HAL is a leading research lab in human interaction with unmanned aerial systems, a.k.a. drones. Projects include human workload and performance modeling, staffing predictions, decision support display design and testing, drone systems engineering and policy analysis. Learn more about HAL.

  • Effect of Increasing Autonomy on Training Requirements

    The HAL researchers collaborated with Duke Marine Lab to study the effect of increasing autonomy on training requirements. The experiment used an automoation-aided simulation of drone control interface in the HAL Mobile Command Center (the van). Ted and Varun are the lead researchers on this project. We are grateful for Prof.

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.