Today's commercial calendar scheduling tools like MS Outlook, MeetingMaker, and Oracle Calendar, are simply passive tools that require significant amounts of user attention to schedule meetings. Tomorrow's calendar schedulers will be much more active, possessing the capabilities to automatically schedule our meetings, read and respond to routine email meeting requests, autonomously negotiate with our colleagues about preferred meeting times, and in general reduce our cognitive load by eliminating routine scheduling tasks from conscious consideration. Such "intelligent assistant" software promises to dramatically increase our daily productivity and transform personal computing as we know it today.

The CMRADAR project is concerned with developing a prototype intelligent calendar scheduling system that will investigate many of the relevant research issues. One of our goals is to build and demonstrate a calendar scheduler with intelligent capabilities significantly beyond the state-of-the-art available in today's commercial products.