The Resource Allocation for Multi-Agent Planning (ReMAP) system is a guidance and control system developed by
Area-I to provide mission autonomy to unmanned systems using a single or multiple vehicles to complete complex
missions. The goal of the ReMAP system is to reduce operator workload by shifting operator focus from vehicle
tasking to mission definition and observation: in short, using ReMAP, the operator(s) need not direct traffic, provide
navigation commands, or even decide which agent should perform which mission functions; instead, the interface
allows operators to define mission goals such as areas requiring sensor measurements, targets to observe/follow, or
areas to avoid.
As the operator defines mission functions and parameters, the system disseminates the information to the team of
unmanned vehicles, which then calculate what mission functions to perform, automatically generating safe and
feasible paths to the mission targets, and communicating their mission intent. These safe mission paths avoid terrain
and known obstacles, while the participating vehicles continuously communicate to ensure safe separation/deconfliction throughout the mission.
While the concept of reducing operator workload and multi-vehicle teaming is certainly not new, the Area-I
developed ReMAP system focused from its inception on the applicability to real systems, requiring low-cost and
low computation power hardware, robustness to varying missions in real-time, and functionality in a wide variety of
missions and platforms.