FAST COMPANY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2019 WORLD CHANGING IDEAS AWARDS
FINALISTS AND WINNERS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED IN FAST COMPANY’S MAY 2019 ISSUE
New York, April 8, 2019 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. All of the finalists are highlighted in the May issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands April 16.
Consoar by HATS has been selected as an honorable mention in the Experimental category as part of the 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards. Consoar is a network of unmanned ground and aerial drones that operate semi-autonomously, utilizing proprietary software to monitor odors and gases, generating real-time analysis and alerts 24hr/day, 7 days/week, in contrast to the existing practice of inspectors walking monthly or quarterly the landfill to manually measure and analyze emissions. Data and actionable information generated and displayed across platforms allows for better workflow management and faster validation of decision efficacy. Saving time and money with better remediation response and outcomes, made possible by the fact that Consoar is able to generate more data both in terms of quality and quantity for better and faster decision making.
Now in its third year, the World Changing Ideas Award showcases 17 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 300 honorable mentions, with Health and Wellness, Education, and AI and Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,000 entries, such as Food, Energy, and Developing World Technology. Honorees include advertising giant DDB Group Germany, renewable energy solution Energy Vault, Spinnova for its method of spinning wood into fiber, Planned Parenthood and Work & Co’s chatbot that discreetly answers kids’ questions, and Aira for its special set of glasses for people who are blind or have low vision. The 2019 awards featured entries from across the globe, from New Zealand to Shanghai to Switzerland.
About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.
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:
- J-HATT, a ground control station (GCS) and testbed for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), developed to enhance NASA’s research capabilities, particularly those enabling UAS integration into the national airspace system (NAS).
- M-HATT, another innovative UAS GCS testbed partially funded with a NASA SBIR, designed to enable rapid research and development cycles with easy integration of new capabilities. M-HATT is also designed to allow its single human operator to simultaneously oversee and manage upwards of 100 UAS.
- R-HATS, technology developed under a NASA contract that reduces the number of human operators needed to manage complex systems by allowing the seamless sharing of tasks and responsibilities between automation and human.
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:
- J-HATT, a ground control station (GCS) and testbed for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), was developed to enhance NASA’s research capabilities, particularly on how to enable UAS integration into the national airspace system (NAS).
- M-HATT, another innovative UAS GCS testbed partially funded with a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from NASA, is being designed to enable rapid research and development cycles with easy integration of new capabilities. Its single human operator will allow for simultaneous oversight and management of over 100 UAS simultaneously.
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.