Our mission is to create automation that works with and for people to solve our partners’ most challenging problems. HATS specializes in design and development of human/automation teaming solutions to manage increasingly autonomous (IA) unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
HATS was founded in 2014 to bring a thoughtful and humanistic approach to the introduction of UAS into daily life.
HATS works in collaboration with NASA, via contracts and a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, to develop innovative testbeds that NASA can use to research UAS ground control (GCS) station concepts and technologies for managing fleets of hundreds to thousands of UAS.
J-HATT and M-HATT are two HATS projects that build UAS and simulators that foster machine and human teamwork and trust.
M-HATT will scale up the J-HATT single UAS control concept so a single ground station operator can manage hundreds of nearly autonomous drones. M-HATT pioneers a new approach, vocabulary and thinking in relation to human-autonomy interaction, teamwork, trust and reliance.
HATS looks beyond the silos of industry specific platforms to achieve true innovative and scalable IA systems, based on the best technologies and concepts from academic, industry, and government research and development. We are a trusted partner, delivering both operational ground stations and testbeds to verify and validate new human automation teaming solutions.
Using a multidisciplinary approach to human-automation teaming in complex socio-technological systems, HATS can scale from small to massive real world projects, delivering a holistic and intelligent approach to human/autonomous teaming.
We are UAS experts with PhD and MS degrees in aeronautical engineering, artificial intelligence, computer sciences, and social sciences. Each team member has extensive experience in researching and developing automation in collaboration with NASA Ames.
We are on the cusp of a robotics revolution: Already, unmanned aircraft are deployed for law enforcement, movie making, agriculture, surveying, and search and rescue. Yet two huge obstacles block the revolution. One is legal, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must address that with new regulations. The other obstacle, human automation teaming, is the most critical since large-scale commercial use of UAS requires an effective partnership between humans and automation where machines are no longer tools, but collaborators and peers.
Human Automation Teaming Solutions Inc. (HATS) is the first company to bring a thoughtful and humanistic approach to the introduction of UAS (drones) into daily life.
Funded by NASA, HATS developed the J-HATT system to mitigate the problems and limitations of automation as a teammate in national airspace systems (NAS). J-HATT has been a vital addition to NASA’s current research and its design is scheduled to become the industry standard for UAS GCSs used throughout the national airspace. Based on the functionality and success of J-HATT, NASA has allocated funds to develop the next iteration of the program, M-HATT, which will take the concept further to simultaneously manage fleets of hundreds or thousands of UAS in the NAS.
Human Automation Teaming Solutions Inc.(HATS) was founded in June 2014 by Dr. Nhut Ho and Vicky Ho to tackle the human/automation obstacle in a flat, collaborative work environment. The multi-disciplinary HATS team leverages everyone’s knowledge and creativity to create the next generation of UAS simulators and GCS.
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