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Can Drones Hunt With Wolf Pack-Like Success? DARPA Thinks So

By Network World

January 30, 2015

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The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DAPRA) wants to launch a program that would enable groups of drones to operate with collaborative autonomy under the supervision of a single human commander.

The Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program would enable drones to find targets and respond under established rules of engagement. Drones operating under the CODE system would continuously evaluate themselves and their environment and present recommendations for actions to the mission supervisor who would approve, disapprove, or direct the group to collect more data.

CODE would rely on collaborative algorithms to enable unmanned aircraft to geo-locate targets, provide navigational aid, protect each other, dynamically assign tasks, and optimize group composition and resources.

"Just as wolves hunt in coordinated packs with minimal communication, multiple CODE-enabled unmanned aircraft would collaborate to find, track, identify, and engage targets, all under the command of a single human mission supervisor," says DARPA's Jean-Charles Lede.

The agency plans to discuss developing Open Architecture for CODE during two meetings in March.

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