Validation of Adjustable Autonomous Control Systems for Production Plants

Jane Malin and Land Fleming

This paper describes a hybrid simulation environment, interfaced to an adjustable autonomous software architecture, for validation and evaluation of advanced designs using dynamic interactive scenarios. The simulator provides support for "real-time" evaluation of adjustable autonomy strategies. In such evaluations, control actions by the operator interact with hardware events, including device failures, in the simulation and with the control actions of the adjustable autonomy software. The paper describes an application of the simulator for validation of advanced control software for gas transfer between chambers during a 90-day manned test of technology for Lunar-Mars life support.

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