Cognitive Coordination on the Network Centric Battlefield
Final rept. 1 Dec 2007-30 Nov 2008
COGNITIVE ENGINEERING RESEARCH INST MESA AZ
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Cognitive coordination is the timely and adaptive sharing of information. Command and control, particularly on the network-centric battle space, requires extensive coordination among a group of cognitive entities humans and agents. The goal of the proposed research was to better understand cognitive coordination and the impact of mode of communication, presence of synthetic teammates, and training regime on team performance and coordination. We proposed a three-year effort to conduct two team experiments and to develop and test a synthetic agent in the context of UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ground control. This work was motivated by theory and empirical research in team cognition and cognitive modeling, much of it attributed to research of the co-PIs on this project. An important objective of synthetic teammate development was to closely match human behavior across several cognitive capacities, such as situation assessment, task behavior, and language comprehension and generation. The initial application for the synthetic teammate research was the creation of an agent capable of functioning as the pilot of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle UAV within a synthetic task environment STE which is described in the following section. At the same time, the work was motivated by a theoretical position that team member interaction that includes coordination is central to team cognition and a concomitant question concerning the role of the individual teammate in effective coordination. The ability of the synthetic teammate to participate in coordinated team interaction provides a systematic means to address this question.
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