Lockheed Martin Robotics Seminar: Adaptation in Human Agent Teams

Friday, April 16, 2021
2:00 p.m.
Online seminar. Registration is required.

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Adaptation in Human Agent Teams

Katia Sycara
Edward Fredkin Research Professor of Robotics
Carnegie Mellon University


The ability to collaborate with different types of unseen human teammates is crucial for artificial agents to be effective in human-agent teams (HATs). Such collaborations are challenging due to human individual differences and complicated team dynamics. It is generally believed that adaptation to team mates plays an important role in human team performance. However, there is little research to date on adaptation in HATS and specifically in agent adaptation to humans. In this talk, I will discuss adaptation in both human-human and human-agent teams in a dyadic cooperative task, Team Space Fortress (TSF) with team mate heterogeneous roles and in the presence of an adversary. Results show that the team performance in TSF is influenced by both players’ individual skill level and their ability to collaborate with different teammates by adopting complementary policies. Based on human-human team research results, we propose a real-time adaptive agent that identifies different human strategies and adopts complementary partner policy to optimize team performance. We conducted human-agent experiments to evaluate the proposed adaptive agent and examined mutual adaptation in human-agent teams. Results show that both human adaptation and agent adaptation contribute to team performance.


Katia Sycara is the Edward Fredkin Research Professor of Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and the Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Robotics Technologies. She held the Sixth Century Chair in Computing at the University of Aberdeen UK (part time), from 2005-2015. She earned a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Aegean. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the recipient of the ACM/SIGART Agents Research Award and the recipient of the Research Award of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Group Decision and Negotiation Section. She is a founding member of the International Foundation of Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS), and a founding member of the Semantic Web Science Association. She has served on various industry scientific advisory boards, such as France Telecom and Siemens and has participated in several National Academies Studies, DARPA ISATs, and research review boards.

Host: Pratap Tokekar

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