Air Force Research Laboratory Test and Evaluation, Verification and Validation of Autonomous Systems Challenge Exploration
Final rept. 23 Mar 2013-7 Jul 2014
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH POWER AND CONTROL DIV
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Verification and Validation techniques will need to be adapted to address the unique challenges of developing autonomous systems. Looking towards the future, the question must be asked, how do we supplement traditional test and evaluation methods In addition to new technology, what TE workforce education requirements need to be addressed As highly autonomous systems become more of a reality, trust in the system operation will transfer from the human operator to highly complex software and systems. Quantifying that trust and then providing a certification argument is a daunting task and an enabling technology for the transition of the next generation of autonomous systems. This report documents the year long study to identify, understand and categorize the unique challenges to the certification of safety critical autonomous systems by identifying the Verification and Validation VV approaches needed to overcome them. The desired end state is to have a document categorizing the challenges into 3-6 thrust areas with a semi-detailed list of complementary approaches to address each challenge. The outcome of this study supports the AFRL Autonomy ST strategy as well as provides input to the DoD Autonomy TEVV Portfolio.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods