Human-UAV Co-operation Based on Artificial Cognition

  • Claudia Meitinger
  • Axel Schulte
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5639)


In the future, Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be part of both civil and military aviation. This includes co-operative mission accomplishment of manned and unmanned assets with little manpower being available for UAV guidance. So, UAVs need to be able to accomplish tasks with a minimum of human intervention and possibly in co-operation with other UAVs or manned aircraft. This paper presents artificial cognition as approach to co-operative capabilities of UAVs. They are guided by so-called Artificial Cognitive Units (ACUs) being capable of goal-directed behavior on the basis of understanding the current situation. Prototype evaluation results show the capability of suchlike co-operative ACUs to yield human-like rationality and the ability to act as peers in a human-ACU team.


cognitive automation artificial cognition multiple UAV guidance human-machine co-operation UAV co-operation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Meitinger
    • 1
  • Axel Schulte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Aerospace Engineering, Institute of Flight Systems (LRT-13)Universität der Bundeswehr München (UBM)NeubibergGermany

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