Reducing Cognitive Load - Greater access to data, information and services will challenge the cognitive loading on personnel. How can new technology help reduce this burden through, for example, autonomous software agents? Which functions could be carried out by machine and, conversely, what decisions will still need to be taken by human operators to ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards? How do we integrate these advances into our command and control systems?


In an increasingly connected and complex world, we need to optimise our use of rich and diverse data sets to inform decision makers in a timely manner. As the types and volumes of information available to the commander increase, this will place a greater importance on tools and techniques to collate, synthesise and visualise information in a timely and understandable way so that it can be readily acted upon. Different sources will have different degrees of assurance but combining multiple information sources greatly increases the robustness of the analysis – although we need to be able to show levels of certainty/uncertainty within the analysis.

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