Validation and Evaluation of Remote, Interactive Teams of Autonomous Systems (VERITAS)

Period of Performance: 05/06/2010 - 11/06/2010

$100K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Illinois, Chicago
809 S Marshfield RM 608
Chicago, IL 60612
Institution POC

Abstract

different modes, while using different combinations of subsystems. This presents a challenge for the personnel validating the system during design and development; the number of combinations of environments, modes, and subsystems is exponential. They cannot all be tested, so an optimal subset of tests must be run. We propose to develop VERITAS: Validation and Evaluation of Remote, Interactive Teams of Autonomous Systems, a tool that will optimize the specification of tests for complex UV systems and supports analysis of performance. VERITAS will enable system developers, testers, and operators to define the attributes and capabilities of a system, its operating modes, and mission environments. The VERITAS tool will analyze system performance to (1) identify the factors that are responsible for mission performance and outcomes, and (2) define the performance envelope (capabilities and limitations) of the system. VERITAS will accomplish this by (1) optimizing the form and sequence of test cases to define the performance envelope most rapidly and effectively, and by (2) providing an advanced user interface that simplifies configuration of the test environment, monitoring of test progress, and comprehension of test results.