Derek A. Paley, Craig Lawrence, Adam Porter, Dinesh Manocha, Ankur Srivastava, Huan Xu, Nikhil Chopra, Chris Campbell, Peter Sandborn, Michael Pack, Matt Scassero, Michael Otte, Ming Lin, and additional researchers from the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Funding Agency

U.S. Army Research Laboratory




ISR faculty and their students are playing key roles in the University of Maryland and University of Maryland Baltimore County’s (UMBC) new "ARTIAMAS" cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The five-year agreement—worth up to $68 million—focuses on safe, effective, and resilient capabilities and technologies that work intelligently and cooperatively with each other and humans. The research will span engineering, robotics, computer science, operations research, modeling and simulation, and cybersecurity. Professor Derek Paley (AE/ISR), the director of the Maryland Robotics Center, is the lead researcher for the agreement.

The effort encompasses three research areas that will spur the development of technologies to reduce human workload and risk in complex environments. The agreement builds on a more than 25-year research partnership between UMD and ARL in AI, autonomy, and modeling and simulation.

The Collaborative Autonomy Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Infrastructure research area addresses the lack of standard shared infrastructure, baseline scenarios, tools and common models for collaborative autonomous systems. Professor Jeffrey Herrmann (ME/ISR) is the principal investigator for this research area. He is joined by Derek Paley; ISR alum, ARLIS Director for Systems Research and ISR Visiting Research Scientist Craig Lawrence; Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering and ISR-affiliated Professor Adam Porter (CS/UMIACS); ISR-affiliated Distinguished University Professor Dinesh Manocha (CS/UMIACS/ECE); Professor Ming Lin (CS/UMIACS); Assistant Professor Michael Otte (AE); and Matt Scassero, the director of the UMD Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site.

The Harnessing the Data Revolution research area addresses networking and sensing, a battlefield Internet of Things (IoT) testbed, adaptive cybersecurity for battlefield IoT, OpenML cross-domain learning, integrated mission planning for urban environments, and predictive maintenance for Army assets. It is led by faculty from UMBC and also includes Research Engineer and Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory Michael Pack (CEE) and Professor Peter Sandborn (ME).

The Closer Human-Machine Teaming research area will explore how sophisticated artificial intelligence/machine learning sensor and computing systems can augment human performance for situational awareness, behavioral and physiological health assessment, battlefield uses, forensics, and metareasoning. ISR-affiliated Distinguished University Professor Dinesh Manocha (CS/UMIACS/ECE) is the principal investigator for this area. He is joined by ISR Director and Professor Ankur Srivastava (ECE/ISR); Assistant Professor Huan Xu (AE/ISR); ISR-affiliated Professor Nikhil Chopra (ME); Professor Ramani Duraiswami (CS/UMIACS); Principal of Campbell Code Consulting and FPE Adjunct Lecturer Chris Campbell; Ming Lin; Craig Lawrence; Adam Porter; Jeffrey Herrmann; and faculty from UMBC.