Julia Kloeckner Takes Over as German Farm Minister in New Government

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She was credited with negotiating the agriculture section of coalition deal for the new government. The deal contains a goal of ending glyphosate use as a weed-killer in Germany, but gives no timetable. Alternatives must be developed first, the agreement says.


Supporting Dynamic Adaptive Autonomy for Agent-based Systems

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The term h, vel of autononty refers to the type of interactions between an agent and other agents in its system. In well-defined contexts, agents can be designed fur a single level)t" autonomy by predicting Ihe type of problems that will be faced.


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Robots autonomy has been widely focused on in the newspapers with a trend towards anthropomorphism that is likely to mislead people and conceal or disguise the technical reality. This paper aims at reviewing the different technical aspects of robots autonomy. First we propose a definition allowing to distinguish robots from devices that are not robots. Then autonomy is defined and considered as a relative notion within a framework of authority sharing between the decision functions of the robot and the human being. Several technical issues are mentioned according to three points of view: (i) the robot, (ii) the human operator and (iii) the interaction between the operator and the robot. Some key questions that should be carefully dealt with for future robotic systems are given at the end of the paper.


Philippine Leader Approves Autonomy Law for Troubled Muslim Region

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The new law gives the new entity, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, political and economic powers that successive governments have promised separatists, in order to halt conflict that has killed about 120,000 people, displaced 2 million, and helped radical Islam gain a foothold in the region.


Improving Human-Robot Interaction for Remote Robot Operation

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We have been investigating ways to improve human-robot interaction (HRI) and situation awareness (SA) in urban search and rescue (USAR). In this task, a human directs the navigation of a remotely located robot using an interface that provides controls and status information. In this paper, we discuss the many facets of our work aimed at improving HRI for remote robot operation.