Pilot Projects 17-18


Self-Governance in Trusted Autonomous Systems 


Project Lead Organisation:
University of Wollongong

Collaborating Organisations:
Macquarie University
BAE Systems

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Project objective:

The University of Wollongong and Macquarie University, along with BAE Systems are developing a novel conceptual framework and associated systems engineering methodologies for realising resilient self-governance capabilities in trusted autonomous systems.


As the complexity of autonomous systems increases, the degree of self-governance in the military domain will also increase. Datalink denial, in particular, can result in loss of communications, which must be compensated with self-governance. For these reasons, platform and system autonomous solutions will continue to lean further towards self-governance.


The project aimed to develop a novel conceptual framework and its computational underpinning for realizing self-governance capabilities in trusted autonomous systems for Defence. 

The project team successfully established a number of tools to evaluate the trustworthiness of autonomous platforms and the Decision Analyst Tool which enables the allocation of decisions to either human operators or autonomous AI components. 

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