University of Pittsburgh

Adaptation and Synchronization in Teams

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Abstract: Mutual adaptation has been considered crucial in human teams and human-agent teams. However, there has been little research on the individual adaptation process and its influence on (a) team state and/or (b) team performance in either human-human or human-agent teams (HATs). This effect is difficult to untangle since adaptation leads to non-stationary team dynamics.  Good individual adaptation should contribute to team synchronization which is especially important in heterogeneous tightly coupled teams where team strategies must change to deal with individual differences, changing contexts and team reorganization. Most existing research on assessment of team processes use retrospective team member reports and thus cannot capture the dynamic and emergent nature of team processes needed to develop computational models. In the presented work, we investigated the hypothesis that (a) team performance is influenced by individual capability, individual adaptation, and team synchronization, and (b) characterize these factors. The application of our research findings and proposed quantitative methods for developing adaptive agents for human-autonomy teaming is discussed.

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