Initial voice experiments were performed to ensure the efficacy of setting up missions using voice. Our research demonstrated the capability of using latent semantic analysis for inferring commander’s intent. We are also researching the capability of combining gestures and voice input to define trajectories.

UAS, especially small UAS, are increasing in autonomous capabilities allowing non-pilots, essentially mission managers, to effectively employ UAS for a variety of missions. Allowing mission managers to communicate naturally with UAS will decrease workload, increase situation awareness, and increase trust. This may lead to allowing experts in their field to initiate and control multiple autonomous agents and may increase collaborative teaming. Advances in this research may allow for safer and more efficient utilization of UAS by atmospheric scientist, inspectors, public safety officers such as policemen involved with search and rescue and firemen, and border patrol.