UNC Charlotte is now one of the members of the Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology (DCIST) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA). Led by UPenn, DCIST brings together more than ten institutions including MIT and GaTech. The DCIST team will create autonomous, resilient, cognitive, heterogeneous swarms that can enable humans and autonomous agents to participate in a wide range of missions in dynamically changing, harsh, and contested environments.
At UNC Charlotte, the research is led by PI Dipankar Maity from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to focus on the “Tactical Team Behaviors in Partial Information Target Defense Games”. Using differential game theory, this project investigates the roles of autonomous agents during the execution of a game and how these roles change dynamically depending on the heterogeneous team decomposition, adversarial capabilities, and mission uncertainty. This project advances the theory of differential games using the notion of game phases that drastically reduces computation and provides a state-machine based sequential description of continuous games under limited information. This project will help identify the roles of human and autonomous agents on-the-fly and provide the necessary team coordination during an active engagement mission.