The premise of this talk is that more sophisticated robotics hardware and smarter software alone won’t suffice for achieving the full potential afforded by robotic assets. We will also have to develop entirely different mechanisms for planning and executing unmanned missions and new bandwidth-efficient approaches to sharing imagery and other wideband sensor data among large numbers of collaborating platforms. Our current incredibly detailed and complex mission planning methods will bog down if applied to operations involving large numbers of platforms - yet we will be deploying many more robotic assets in the future than we do today. In addition, inter-platform and reachback RF communications resources will be stretched thin if the sensor outputs of all these platforms need to processed off-board. A futuristic ISR mission involving multiple unmanned platforms and a broad range of wideband sensors is presented as an example to demonstrate the transformational potential of the large-scale deployment of robotic assets, and also the need for revolutionary new approaches to mission planning, command and control, sensor processing and exploitation.
Theodore Bially, Theodore Bially,
"Operational and technical implications of the robotics revolution (Keynote Address)", Proc. SPIE 5820, Defense Transformation and Network-Centric Systems, (26 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.608435; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.608435