Agent Storm is
a RETSINA agent scenario where agents autonomously coordinate
their team-oriented roles and actions while executing a mission
in the ModSAF (Modular Semi-Automated Forces) simulation
of Agent Storm is to increase the effectiveness of decision-making
teams through the incorporation of agent technology in domains
that are distributed, open and subject to time and other environmental
of the project for decision-making teams is substantial and
manifold. The project demonstrates that teams of agents can
(1) reduce time for a team to arrive at a decision, (2) allow
teams to consider a broader range of alternatives, (3) allow
a team to flexibly manage contingencies by replanning, (4)
reduce time for a team to form a shared situational model,
(5) reduce individual and team errors, (6) support team cohesion
and (7) increase overall team performance.
extended the planning capabilities of the RETSINA agents so
that they exhibited agent team behaviors. In particular, we
modelled human team formation strategies as rules for agents.
This functionality endows agents with a variety of additional
abilities. First, agents can automatically reason about roles
and responsibilities concerning themselves and others during
the team formation process. Second, agents can monitor performance/progress
of team-mates. Third, agents can distribute needed information
to team-mates when the situation changes. Fourth, agents can
modify their own individual plans to come to team-mates aid.
Fifth, agents automatically re-negotiate their roles, commitments
and plans in light of conflicts between them, conflicting
sources of information, and to come to the aid of agents in
Storm was one of seven winners of the "Innovative
Enterprise Decision Support System" award in the Department
of Navy Knowledge Fair 2000. The award was presented to our
MURI sponsor. Click here
for photo of award presentation.
J. A. Sycara, K., "Conversational
Case-Based Planning for Agent Team Coordination."
In the Fourth International Conference on Case-Based
Reasoning (ICCBR-2001), Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada, 30 July - 2 August 2001.
Giampapa and K. Sycara, "Team-Oriented
Agent Coordination in the RETSINA Multi-Agent System,"
tech. report CMU-RI-TR-02-34, Robotics Institute, Carnegie
Mellon University, December 2002. Presented at AAMAS 2002
Workshop on Teamwork and Coalition Formation.
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