Agent-Based Team Aiding

Flexible functional role allocation between agents and human team members is a crucial issue in effectively supporting teamwork. The RETSINA agents support all dimensions of team work in multiple ways.

  1. Agent-Based Support for Team Situation Assessment
    • act as an information provider
    • ensure relevant knowledge is exchanged among all members
    • provide shared representation of the situation to support common knowledge
    • remind team members if pertinent information is currently ignored
    • tell team members when information source is disabled/unreliable
  2. Agent-Based Enhancement of Team Supporting Behaviors
    • make visible others' actions and decisions so that potential errors can be detected
    • recognize deviations to current plans
    • alert members to potential errors, constraints and conflicts
    • support team self-reflection and self-correction
  3. Agent-Based support for Team Leadership/initiative
    • communicate intent behind commands to allow lower levels to meet intent under evolving conditions
    • communicate priorities and notify members when priorities change
  4. Agent-Based Support of Communication among Team Members
    • alert members to ambiguity
    • support translations of terminology among various subgroups
    • serve as a repository for messages between team members
      • e.g., audio to text so information is not lost
      • support self-awareness and debriefing
      • enable data mining/learning
    Different types of team aiding by agents have been experimentally tested with human subjects.



    Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
    Principal Investigator: Katia Sycara
    Sponsored by: Office of Naval Research (ONR)
    ONR Contact: Michael Shneier
    1998 Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute


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