Agent-Based Team Aiding in a Time Critical Task

Terence Payne, Terri L. Lenox, Susan K. Hahn, , and Katia Sycara
Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-33), January, 2000.


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Abstract
In this paper we evaluate the effectiveness of agent-based aiding in support of a time-critical team-planning task for teams of both humans and heterogeneous software agents. The team task consists of human subjects playing the role of military commanders and cooperatively planning to move their respective units to a common rendezvous point, given time and resource constraints. The objective of the experiment was to compare the effectiveness of agent-based aiding for individual and team tasks as opposed to the baseline condition of manual route planning. There were two experimental conditions: the Aided condition, where a Route Planning Agent (RPA) finds a least cost plan between the start and rendezvous points for a given composition of force units; and the Baseline condition, where the commanders determine initial routes manually, and receive basic feedback about the route. We demonstrate that the Aided condition provides significantly better assistance for individual route planning and team-based re-planning.

Notes
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research
Grant ID: N-00014-96-1-1222
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Advanced Agent - Robotics Technology Lab
Associated Project(s): MokSAF
Number of pages: 9

Text Reference
Terence Payne, Terri L. Lenox, Susan K. Hahn, , and Katia Sycara, "Agent-Based Team Aiding in a Time Critical Task," Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-33), January, 2000.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Payne_2000_3246,
   author = "Terence Payne and Terri L. Lenox and Susan K. Hahn and and Katia Sycara",
   title = "Agent-Based Team Aiding in a Time Critical Task",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-33)",
   publisher = "IEEE Computer Society",
   address = "Los Alamitos, CA",
   month = "January",
   year = "2000",
   volume = "CD-ROM",
}