Agent-Based Planning Execution and Monitoring

Period of Performance: 07/15/1999 - 04/15/2001

$734K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Architecture Technology Corp.
9971 Valley View Road Array
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Superior information over one's adversary allows control of the battlespace, and ultimately provides opportunities to take advantage of the adversary's vulnerability. C4I planning is critical to shape and control the pace and phasing of battlespace engagements, and requires direct access to battlespace information in order to utilize it effectively. Effective C41 planning requires the ability to seek out relevant information sources; connect them into the plan where their information flow contributes; monitor the information flow to determine changes to the baulespace; and react to those changes. In Phase 1, an Agent-Based Planning, Execution, and Monitoring Architecture is being designed that provides dynamic, distributed, and interleaved planning and execution across C4I systems. During Phase II, a prototype of this design will be implemented and applied to a relevant Air Force problem domain. In our approach informational-need is used to plan out high level goals, and then configure feedback-control, data-flow networks from information sources to those goals. During execution, data-flows are monitored and the plan network is reconfigured as the battlespace changes or as goals are achieved/failed. Thus, the data-flow provides feedback control to react to small permutations in the battlespace, and the data-flow monitoring provides reaction and replanning-triggers to large permutations.