AOS at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems NA, 2011


Dr Andrew Lucas, AOS, will be presenting its ASTRAEA-related work on autonomous PHM in the paper "Prognostic Health Management (PHM) Applied to Autonomous Power Management on a UAS". Jacek Stecki of PHM Technology is co-presenter. With over 450 exhibitors, technical presentations, workshops and poster presentations, AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America conference is the number one international unmanned systems event.

Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) show great promise for a range of civilian applications, especially ‘dull, dirty or dangerous’ missions such as air-sea rescue, coastal and border surveillance, fisheries protection and disaster relief. As the demand for autonomy increases, the importance of correctly identifying and responding to faults becomes more apparent, as fully autonomous systems must base their decisions solely upon the sensor readings they receive – as there is no human on board. A UAS must be capable of performing all the functions that would be expected from a human pilot, including reasoning about faults and making decisions about how to best mitigate their consequences, given the larger context of the overall mission.

This paper will present current PHM developments in ASTRAEA's Autonomy and Decision Making Project, and is currently scheduled in the 16 August, Tuesday, 14:30–15:00 slot.

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