Dimensions of Adjustable Autonomy


Jeff Bradshaw 

Institute for Human and Machine Cognition


Several groups have grappled with the problem of characterizing and developing practical approaches for implementing adjustable autonomy and mixed-initiative behavior in deployed systems. However, each group takes a little different approach and uses variations of the same terminology in a somewhat different fashion. We are currently making a survey of the similarities and differences among these approaches in order to better understand this important but ill-characterized topic. In this presentation, I will characterize a few of the better known approaches in terms of some common dimensions, and discuss some of the initial ideas we are developing in the context of our research on policy-governed systems.