Proceedings Abstracts of the Twenty-Fourth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

A Study of Human-Agent Collaboration for Multi-UAV Task Allocation in Dynamic Environments / 1184
Sarvapali D. Ramchurn, Joel E Fischer, Yuki Ikuno, Feng Wu, Jack Flann, Antony Waldock

We consider a setting where a team of humans oversee the coordination of multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to perform a number of search tasks in dynamic environments that may cause the UAVs to drop out. Hence, we develop a set of multi-UAV supervisory control interfaces and a multi-agent coordination algorithm to support human decision making in this setting. To elucidate the resulting interactional issues, we compare manual and mixed-initiative task allocation in both static and dynamic environments in lab studies with 40 participants and observe that our mixed-initiative system results in lower workloads and better performance in re-planning tasks than one which only involves manual task allocation. Our analysis points to new insights into the way humans appropriate flexible autonomy.