Human Automation Teaming Solutions, Inc. (HATS) was founded on the vision of creating automation that works with and for people. HATS designs and develops automation and simulation software for highly automated systems, especially unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). HATS’ signature product, J-HATT, is a UAS ground control station (GCS) simulator developed for NASA’s UAS Integration in the National Airspace Systems (UAS-in-the-NAS) project, and it is used as a research testbed for developing human-automation teaming concepts and interfaces.
The experience and knowledge gained from this project has positioned HATS to engage in its next major development effort, M-HATT. M-HATT is a new GCS simulator testbed designed to investigate the human-automation teaming concepts and interfaces needed when managing hundreds or thousands of increasingly autonomous UAS. In addition, HATS has also recently been awarded a million dollar NASA Research Agreement to research and develop advanced flight deck technologies that can perform many of the functions currently performed by human pilots, particularly within multi-crewed aircraft.
HATS’ interdisciplinary team consists of researchers with doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical and biomedical engineering, and experimental psychology. In addition, the team also includes members with M.S. degrees in software engineering and psychology/human factors, three members with B.S. degrees in software engineering, and one member (our CEO) with an MBA degree.
HATS’ management and advisory board team consists of experts with Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in aeronautical engineering, artificial intelligence, computer science, marketing, public relations, finance, and social sciences, and includes a seasoned executive with over 40 years of engineering leadership in high-tech start-ups and a senior executive with more than 26 years of experience in marketing and a track record in high-tech commercialization. Collectively, the team has extensive experience in creating and transferring cutting-edge technologies for the aviation domain.
HATS tackles human-automation teaming issues using a flat, collaborative work environment. With a multi-disciplinary approach to creating complex socio-technological systems, the HATS team strives to deliver an intelligent and comprehensive approach to human-automation teaming that can scale from small to large real-world projects. At our core, we have a small, agile R&D team that delivers fast and flexible solutions from testing/research to prototype/development and a spare management team with significant experience in the technical areas. Management deliberately employs an approach that leverages everyone’s specialized expertise and creativity to produce a holistic design and implementation for our human-automation teaming products and solutions.
HATS is located at 20944 Sherman Way, Suite 211, Canoga Park CA 91303. In addition to the computer workstations required to support its GCS projects, HATS also uses, by permission or through licensing, multiple NASA-developed software programs, including the Live Virtual Constructive–Distributed Environment (LVC-DE) for flight test and simulation developed by NASA’s UAS Integration in the NAS project, the Cockpit Situation Display (CSD) developed by the NASA Ames Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory, and the Multi-Aircraft Control System (MACS) developed by the NASA Ames Airspace Operations Lab.
HATS’ facilities satisfy all required state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Finally, HATS possesses multiple AscTec Firefly UAVs for flight test development and testing of their human-automation teaming solutions.