UVS Canada presented M.I.T. doctoral candidate, Carl Nehme, with the best student paper award for his submission, “Supporting Dynamic Contextual Decisions in Supervisory Control of Heterogeneous Unmanned Vehicles” in UVS Canada’s 4th National Conference. The conference took place from November 7-10, 2006, in Montebello, Quebec.
Nehme’s paper was based on a collaboration between Charles River Analytics and M.I.T.’s Humans and Automation Laboratory. Nehme explained, “The research I presented was based on the decision aid tool I created to support the ATR acknowledgement process in PUMA.” Plan Understanding for Mixed-initiative control of Autonomous systems (PUMA) is a design, development, and evaluation process aimed to improve communication between human operators and autonomous mission planning/execution systems in unmanned vehicles. PUMA is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.
As part of the award, Nehme will receive an all expense paid trip worth $6,500 to represent UVS Canada at the UVS International (UVSI) Conference in Paris in June 2007.