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Calibration of Ethical Trust for Lethal Autonomous Weapons (CETLAWS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-1015
Agency Tracking Number: FX211-CSO1-0051
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF211-CSO1
Solicitation Number: X21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-08-10
Small Business Information
3527 Beverly Glen Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-1111
United States
DUNS: 124668711
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gershon Weltman
 (818) 788-1025
Business Contact
 Sara Mastro
Phone: (703) 587-8023
Research Institution

This proposal is for Phase II continuation of our project to develop a software framework for Calibration of Ethical Trust for Lethal Autonomous Weapons (CETLAWS) that can be used by Air Force, other DoD organizations and commercial enterprises. The mission impact of this project on the Department of the Air Force will be an enhanced understanding of the roles of ethics and trust in lethal autonomous systems and the availability of new methods to facilitate calibrated trust in human-autonomy teaming scenarios. Ethical trust calibration will increase military users’ willingness to collaborate with lethal robotic technology and will also overlap with key commercial applications in trusted artificial intelligence (AI) and social computing. In Phase I of the present project, we demonstrated and validated an initial CETLAWS using a simulation of a swarm of autonomous lethal unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and a set of ethical equations for making autonomous Shoot/No-Shoot decisions. In Phase II we will implement a complete CETLAWS prototype using both ethical equations and Bayesian modeling for trust calibration, validate this prototype; and begin our transition and commercialization activities with an initial focus on insertion into DAF wargames and test events with the help and collaboration of our USMC end-user.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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