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Ontological Perspectives for Autonomy Performance



Hui-Min Huang, Elena R. Messina, Tsai Hong Hong, Craig I. Schlenoff


Goals must be assigned for any unmanned system’s (UMS) operation before the system’s autonomous performance can be measured. In this paper, we began to construct an ontology for mission goals that could serve as a template for stating the goal. We apply the Autonomy Levels for Unmanned Systems (ALFUS) Framework as a basis for the template. In other words, we design the goal ontology in terms of the mission, the environment, and the operator interaction aspects. We also leverage a collection of related efforts to further evolve the goal ontology, including the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) robots requirements set, the Perception System for Dynamic Manufacturing, and an extension to the NIST-participated DARPA Spoken Language Communication and Translation System for Tactical Use (TRANSTAC) project. This paper reports the early results.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2008 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS) Workshop
Conference Dates
August 19-21, 2008
Conference Location
Gaithersburg, MD


ALFUS, communication, environment, goal, manufacturing, metrics, mobility, ontology, sensor, terminology, urban search and rescue (US&R)


Huang, H. , Messina, E. , , T. and Schlenoff, C. (2008), Ontological Perspectives for Autonomy Performance, Proceedings of the 2008 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS) Workshop, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created August 21, 2008, Updated February 17, 2017