Disaster drones: Why men and machines need to work closely together
23 July 2012 Last updated at 00:00 BST
Professor Nick Jennings, a chief scientific adviser to the government, has discussed with the BBC the work that he does on unmanned drones, for disaster response.
It is part of his wider work at Southampton University in the field of 'Human Agent Collectives', developing technology that will allow humans to work more effectively with autonomous computers.
Video shot and edited by Dougal Shaw