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A cognitive architecture for emergency response

Meneguzzi, Felipe and Oh, Jean and Chakraborty, Nilanjan and Sycara, Katia and Mehrotra, Siddharth and Tittle, James and Lewis, Michael (2012) A cognitive architecture for emergency response. In: Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. (In Press)

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Plan recognition, cognitive workload estimation and human assistance have been extensively studied in the AI and human factors communities, resulting in many techniques being applied to domains of various levels of realism. These techniques have seldom been integrated and evaluated as complete systems. In this paper, we report on the development of an assistant agent architecture that integrates plan recognition, current and future user information needs, workload estimation and adaptive information presentation to aid an emergency response manager in making high quality decisions under time stress, while avoiding cognitive overload. We describe the main components of a full implementation of this architecture as well as a simulation developed to evaluate the system. Our evaluation consists of simulating various possible executions of the emergency response plans used in the real world and measuring the expected time taken by an unaided human user, as well as one that receives information assistance from our system. In the experimental condition of agent assistance, we also examine the effects of different error rates in the agent's estimation of user's stat or information needs.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: In Press
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Meneguzzi, Felipe
Oh, Jean
Chakraborty, Nilanjan
Sycara, Katia
Mehrotra, Siddharth
Tittle, James
Lewis, Michael
Date: June 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: ACM
Event Title: Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2012 19:07
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 12:55


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