Adjustable Autonomy in the Context of Coordination

Paul Scerri, Katia Sycara and M. Tambe
Conference Paper, AIAA 3rd "Unmanned Unlimited" Technical Conference, Workshop and Exhibit, January, 2004

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Human-agent interaction in the context of coordination presents novel challenges as compared to isolated interactions between a single human and single agent. There are two broad reasons for the additional challenges: things continue to happen in the environ- ment while a decision is pending and the inherent distributedness of the entities involved. Our approach to interaction in such a context has three key components which allow us to leverage human expertise by giving them responsibility for key coordination decisions, without risks to the coordination due to slow responses. First, to deal with the dynamic nature of the situation, we use pre-planned sequences of transfer of control actions called transfer-of-control strategies. Second, to allow identification of key coordination issues in a distributed way, individual coordination tasks are explicitly represented as coordination roles, rather than being implicitly represented within a monolithic protocol. Such a rep- resentation allows meta-reasoning about those roles to determine when human input may be useful. Third, the meta-reasoning and transfer-of-control strategies are encapsulated in a mobile agent that moves around the group to either get human input or autonomously make a decision. In this paper, we describe this approach and present initial results from interaction between a large number of UAVs and a small number of humans.

Invited Paper

author = {Paul Scerri and Katia Sycara and M. Tambe},
title = {Adjustable Autonomy in the Context of Coordination},
booktitle = {AIAA 3rd "Unmanned Unlimited" Technical Conference, Workshop and Exhibit},
year = {2004},
month = {January},
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