The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) hosted an Autonomy Technology Interchange Meeting (ATIM) 1-3 September 2015. ATIM allowed leaders from AFRL and AFIT to engage with Industry and Academia and present information on current research approaches and plans within the autonomy domain and discuss S&T challenges, capability gaps as addressed by the warfighter, and opportunities for potential partnering and collaboration. All presenters at ATIM were principal investigators on various AFRL and AFIT-led/sponsored autonomy research efforts.
The Air Force and Autonomy
Autonomy is a vast domain, posing critical challenges to the U.S. Air Force with potential adversaries making advancements in technologies that will continue at a dramatic pace. We focus on growing autonomous system capability, integrated with the human capacity to perform in a high-tempo, complex decision environment, and to enable humans and machines to work together effectively and efficiently to meet mission objectives.
AFRL and AFIT seek to enable the right balance of airman and machine capability to meet Air Force challenges in the future. We will focus on growing autonomous system capability, integrated with the airman capacity to perform in a high-tempo, complex decision environment, and to optimize humans working together with machines both effectively and efficiently.
Simply stated, the AFRL Autonomy vision is:
Intelligent machines seamlessly integrated with humans…
maximizing mission performance in complex and contested environments
The components of the AFRL vision are described in the four goals featured below. These buttons link you to video or audio podcasts and presentations where each goal is explained in more detail.
This Autonomy page is intended to explain our intent to maintain (1) a hybrid mix of virtual science & technology (S&T) discussions and (2) a planned face-to-face event focused on Autonomy. The goal is to initiate a dialogue with Industry and Academia that is focused generally on Autonomy, and more specifically on what, how and where AFRL and AFIT are focusing research investments.
The Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology is focused on providing exceptional defense-focused, research-based, graduate education to Department of Defense employees and affiliates. With autonomy research ranging from autonomous formation flight control algorithms to hybrid network intrusion detection systems. AFIT students and faculty conduct autonomy-related research relative to a broad range of Air Force applications and seeks interaction with Industry, Government and Academia to further its academic and research mission. AFIT compliments’ AFRL’s vision through research and education in autonomy with particular emphasis in auto-routing and optimal path planning, multi-agent cooperative control, mobile adaptive networks, robust navigation solutions (with and without GPS), and human machine interaction and interface design.
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking information in support of planning/acquisition strategy and development of Autonomy for a Loyal Wingman. AFRL is developing plans for a compelling set of demonstrations to show the maturity and potential benefits of autonomous platform behaviors. This effort would push autonomous technology development for a Loyal Wingman concept to an integrated set of demonstrations in the FY20-FY22 timeframe. Please visit RFI link for more information. Responses to this RFI are due by 10 September 2015.
This webpage compliments related data announced in Federal Business Opportunities. Please refer to a complete list of disclaimers associated with this event. The government is not obligated to enter into a contract with industry as a result of this technical interchange. Moreover, there are several items addressed in the FedBizOpps that need to be re-stressed here;
- Industry and Academia participants need to comply with applicable DoD Form 2345 (dated Jan 2013), Militarily Critical Technical Agreement is submitted.
- If Industry and Academia participants do not possess a Military ID or CAC card, participants will need to follow the instructions noted on the registration website (click here) for entry access to Wright Patterson AFB.
This page, and related Autonomy webpages, will be periodically updated with new information through 4 September 2015. We encourage you to check this page often for updates. Feel free to ask questions as you review this information or if you need assistance in determining your access to documents relevant to this event. Questions will be addressed by a team of functional experts that make up the core of our Government Autonomy Technical Interchange team. You may also sign up for updates via Twitter @DoDinnovation, or provide your email contact information to AFfirstname.lastname@example.org.