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»» with Toyota, MERS is developing assistants that help drivers and autonomous cars avoid risky situations »» with Woods Hole and Exxon, MERS is developing networked mobile observing systems for monitoring the ocean environment »» with Boeing and Mitsubishi, MERS is developing robots that work safely and fluidly with human teammates »» with Tata, MERS is developing sustainable micro-grids for villages in India that previously had no source of power »» with DARPA, MERS is developing an internet that adapts in order to avoid cyber-attack In each case, Enterprise enables these cognitive systems to increase autonomy within acceptable risk. BRIAN CHARLES WILLIAMS is a professor in the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, a principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and an adjunct researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He leads the Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems group. Williams may be reached at

Goal-directed risk-aware autonomous explorers


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