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Automated Adaptation of Strategic Guidance in Multiagent Coordination

  • Rajiv T. Maheswaran
  • Pedro Szekely
  • Romeo Sanchez
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7047)

Abstract

We address multi-agent planning problems in dynamic environments motivated by assisting human teams in disaster emergency response. It is challenging because most goals are revealed during execution, where uncertainty in the duration and outcome of actions plays a significant role, and where unexpected events can cause large disruptions to existing plans. The key to our approach is giving human planners a rich strategy language to constrain the assignment of agents to goals and allow the system to instantiate the strategy during execution, tuning the assignment to the evolving execution state. Our approach outperformed an extensively-trained team coordinating with radios and a traditional command-center organization, and an agent-assisted team using a different approach.

Keywords

Multi-Agent Systems Real-Time Coordination Human-Agent Collaboration Mixed-Initiative Approaches Disaster / Emergency Response 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajiv T. Maheswaran
    • 1
  • Pedro Szekely
    • 1
  • Romeo Sanchez
    • 2
  1. 1.Information Sciences Institute and Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y EléctricaUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo LeónMexico

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