Agent Design for Automatic Use of a Software System: A Case Study with a Soar Agent for Mathematica

Dhiraj Pathak
doctoral dissertation, tech. report CMU-RI-TR-93-30, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, May, 1993


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Abstract
It is useful to build agents to mediate in the use of complex .i.software systems;. To understand some dimensions of mediating agents, this thesis presents an agent design for the automatic use of a computer algebra system (CAS). Such an agent must take a task specification from the user and produce a plan for achieving the task while also producing a plan for the CAS. In particular, I use the Soar architecture to build an agent for using Mathematica, guided by a study of protocols of human users of Mathematica. The general design principles for mediating agents suggested by the particular agent for Mathematica include a blackboard-style control structure using a production systems architecture, a dual-space planning function, integration of planning and execution, and mechanisms for automatic knowledge acquisition through environment interaction.

Notes
Sponsor: EDRC
Grant ID: F33615-90-C-1645, Order No.7597
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory
Number of pages: 159

Text Reference
Dhiraj Pathak, "Agent Design for Automatic Use of a Software System: A Case Study with a Soar Agent for Mathematica," doctoral dissertation, tech. report CMU-RI-TR-93-30, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, May, 1993

BibTeX Reference
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   author = "Dhiraj Pathak",
   title = "Agent Design for Automatic Use of a Software System: A Case Study with a Soar Agent for Mathematica",
   booktitle = "",
   school = "Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University",
   month = "May",
   year = "1993",
   number= "CMU-RI-TR-93-30",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",
}