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NASA Awards HATS Inc. $750,000 Contract To Create Human Autonomy Teaming Interface System To Collaborate In Real-Time Risk Management

 

LOS ANGELES, August 2018 – NASA has awarded Human Automation Teaming Solutions Inc. (HATS) a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to build a Human Autonomy Teaming Interface System (HATIS). Composed of tools, displays, and human-autonomy teaming software, HATIS will permit human operators and automation that manages Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) System to collaborate in real-time risk management and mitigation.

 

As part of the NASA contract, HATIS will be designed to work with pre-flight planning and real-time risk assessment algorithms being designed by researchers at the NASA Langley Research Center, and which will aid in the evaluation and management of risk in UAS operations.

“Innovations in the form of human autonomy teaming capabilities that support risk assessment and management are needed if largely autonomous UASs are to be safely inserted into the National Air Space,” states Dr. Nhut Ho, president and founder of HATS. “HATIS will enable the human operator to team with NASA’s risk assessment automation, be informed about known or emerging risks and, when necessary, brought into decision-making loops in a timely manner.”

 

HATIS is the latest in a series of HATS projects that employ autonomous technologies to foster human-machine interaction and help dissolve the boundary between humans and automation.

 

Other HATS projects include:

 

About Human Automation Teaming Solutions

Human Automation Teaming Solutions (HATS) Inc., a Los Angeles, California company,was founded in June 2014. HATS seeks to tackle the human automation partnership challenge, and specializes in the design and development of networks of large number of unmanned autonomous ground and aerial vehicles that utilize cloud computing technologies and AI-based human automation teaming software for realtime environmental and utilities monitoring applications.

 

 

NASA Awards HATS Inc. $1 Million Contract To Create Collaborative Human-Automation Teams

Los Angeles, January 2017 – NASA has awarded Human Automation Teaming Solutions Inc. (HATS) a $1 million contract for a yearlong effort to develop R-HATS  technology that will reduce the number of human operators needed to manage complex systems. By allowing the seamless sharing of tasks and responsibilities between automation and human, a single ground operator using R-HATS will simultaneously assist and monitor multiple manned or unmanned aircrafts.

As part of the NASA contract, HATS will integrate innovative systems and interactive interface design concepts to create collaborative human-automation teaming where automation transcends its current role of being a tool and is elevated to the role of a teammate.

“R-HATS is a highly advanced and intelligent automated agent that is comparable to the sharing of tasks and responsibilities between human teammates in current-day complex systems such as the relationship between pilots and dispatchers,” states Dr. Nhut Ho, president and founder of HATS. “R-HATS will be utilized, as a prototype, into NASA simulators using an integrated product development team (IPT) with NASA as a customer and close collaborator.”

The R-HATS human automation project is the latest in a series of major works using  HATS autonomous technologies that fosters interaction and helps dissolve the boundary between humans and automation.

Other HATS projects include:

 About Human Automation Teaming Solutions

Human Automation Teaming Solutions (HATS) Inc. is a Los Angeles, California start-up founded in June 2014 by Dr. Nhut Ho and Vicky Ho. HATS was founded to tackle the human automation partnership challenge, and specializes in the design and development of automation and software supporting human teaming with robotic systems, such as unmanned autonomous ground and aerial vehicles.

 

Longtime NASA Researcher Joins Human Automation Teaming Solutions Inc. to Catapult Its UAS in the NAS Capabilities

Los Angeles, April 5, 2016 – Human Automation Teaming Solutions (HATS), Inc. announced today that Dr. Walter Johnson has joined the company, as Principal Human-Systems Designer. At HATS he will lead the development and implementation of concepts that tailor increasingly autonomous technology to UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), thus allowing automated team members and individual humans to collaborate during decision-making. HATS is developing ground control stations that will integrate large numbers of UAS— also called drones—into the national airspace systems (NAS).

Dr. Johnson, a research psychologist, formerly led the Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center, where he worked with his team to make breakthroughs in aviation and air traffic management. His work is associated with the development of integrated air-ground technologies, including ground stations that support single pilot flight decks. His most recent achievements were two 2015 Ames Technology Awards: Patent Application Award System for Providing Real Time Audible Messages to a Pilot and a Tech Brief Award for Real Time PIREPs Using Audio Twitter.

HATS co-founder Dr. Nhut Ho expressed high praise, stating “Dr. Walter Johnson is a well-known and creative leader, researcher and designer in the human factors and aviation communities. With over 150 technical publications and three decades of experience in designing and researching next generation automation systems at NASA, Dr. Johnson will help HATS bring to market creative and disruptive solutions that set standards for technologies that effectively partner humans with automation.”

It’s this innovative spirit that has led HATS to design M-HATT, a UAS ground control station partially funded with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from NASA. This revolutionary system, which will permit the control of multiple aircrafts with minimal human oversight, was created using the company’s human-centered approach to team human with automation. In upcoming years Dr. Johnson, along with the rest of the HATS team, will continue to pursue breakthrough human automation teaming technologies in order to enable HATS’ vision of human supervision of large numbers of unmanned aircraft systems to become a reality.

About Human Automation Teaming Solutions

Human Automation Teaming Solutions (HATS) Inc. was founded in June 2014 by Dr. Nhut Ho and Vicky Ho to tackle the human/automation obstacle in a flat, collaborative work environment. HATS’ specialized expertise is in designing and developing automation and software for complex systems in a number of domains, including aviation and healthcare systems. The signature product is J-HATT, the Human Automation Teaming Testbed developed for NASA as a research tool to integrate drones into the national airspace systems (NAS).

 

 

Human Automation Teaming Solutions, Inc. Strives for Unparalleled Expertise with the Recruitment of Dr. Doreen Comerford

Los Angeles, April 1, 2016 – Human Automation Teaming Solutions (HATS), Inc. announced today that Dr. Doreen Comerford has joined the organization as a senior researcher. Her arrival is the latest in a series of additions to an already talented list of personnel. At HATS, Dr. Comerford will use her extensive knowledge in human factors to examine the connection between pilot and machine and infuse human-centered principles and best practices into all HATS products. Ultimately, her expertise will be used to push the boundaries of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and enable large numbers of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace systems (NAS).

Dr. Comerford has worked for over 15 years as a research psychologist. She began with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory where she conducted research on the psychology behind the decisions pilots make in different types of weather. Her findings have been used in the development of advanced displays and decision-making tools for pilots. After leaving NASA for the academic environment she continued to work with colleagues at NASA, most notably contributing to NASA’s investigations into Single Pilot Operations.

“I am excited that Dr. Comerford will join our team,” states HATS co-founder Dr. Nhut Ho. “She shares our focus in producing innovative technologies for teaming humans with automation, and she places the same strong rigor as we do on human factors engineering processes and user experience.”

In addition to her contributions at NASA, Dr. Comerford has taught in the psychology departments at State University of New York (SUNY), Oneonta and at Hartwick College. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Human Factors Psychology from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Industrial Psychology from the University of Hartford.

About Human Automation Teaming Solutions

Human Automation Teaming Solutions, Inc. (HATS) was founded in June 2014 by Dr. Nhut Ho and Vicky Ho to tackle the human/automation teaming in a flat, collaborative work environment. HATS designs and develops automation and software for complex systems in a number of domains, including aviation and health care systems. The signature product is J-HATT, the Human Automation Teaming Testbed developed for NASA as a research tool to integrate UAS into the national airspace systems.