TheÂ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a program that seeks toÂ helpÂ small-unit ground combat forcesÂ to control multiple unmannedÂ air and ground vehicles.
DARPA said WednesdayÂ itÂ aims to develop and demonstrate more than 100Â swarm tactics that could be applied by groups of unmanned air or ground systems with more than 100 robots through the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled TacticsÂ initiative.
“We aim to provide the tools to quickly generate swarm tactics, evaluate those swarm tactics for effectiveness, and integrate the best swarm tactics into field operations,” said Timothy Chung, a DARPA program manager.
Chung added OFFSET could potentially develop battlefield functions such asÂ distributed perception, resilient communications, adaptive collective behaviors and dispersed computing and analytics.
OFFSET willÂ offer engagement opportunities and share swarm tactics with anticipated U.S. Army and U.S. Marine CorpsÂ end-users.
The program calls for theÂ development of a human-swarm interface that will workÂ to monitor and manage swarms of unmanned platforms in real time as well as aÂ networked virtual environment that willÂ support a swarm tactics game where players could explore, evolve and evaluate swarm tactics.
DARPAÂ also seeksÂ to establish aÂ community-driven program portal whereÂ participants can design swarm tactics and combine collective behaviors through theÂ initiative.
The agencyÂ will host an event on Jan. 30, 2017 inÂ Arlington, Virginia to discuss OFFSET and answer questions from potential proposers.