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Technology to Improve Safety in the 'danger Zone'

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Work from the ALADDIN project has already been used in weapon assignments and resource management of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Credit: University of Southampton

University of Southampton engineers have spent the past five years working with various research groups on the Autonomous Learning Agents for Decentralized Data and Information Networks (ALADDIN) project, which is developing techniques for building decentralized autonomous systems for dynamic environments. "The ALADDIN project has developed autonomous agents which will make decisions on their own without direct human control and can then interact with other similar autonomous agents to get things done," says Southampton professor Nick Jennings.

During the project, the teams employed the ALADDIN algorithms in a situational awareness demonstrator involving weather sensors, a disaster-rescue simulation to show how autonomous agents would operate and communicate in a scenario such as an earthquake, and a building evacuation simulator that used agents to get people in a tower block to safety.

"The challenge in practice is to detect whether the information coming from each agent is accurate or to be able to ascertain if it is not reliable," says BAE Systems' Simon Case.

From University of Southampton
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