Anytime Cognition: An information agent for emergency response

Felipe Meneguzzi, Jean Oh, Nilanjan Chakraborty, Katia Sycara, Siddharth Mehrotra, Michael E Lewis

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Planning under pressure in time-constrained environments while relying on uncertain information is a challenging task. This is particularly true for planning the response during an ongoing disaster in a urban area, be that a natural one, or a deliberate attack on the civilian population. As the various activities pertaining to the emergency response need to be coordinated in response to multiple reports from the disaster site, a user finds itself cognitively overloaded. To address this issue, we designed the Anytime Cognition (ANTICO) concept to assist human users working in time-constrained environments by maintaining a manageable level of cognitive workload over time. Based on the ANTICO concept, we develop an agent framework for proactively managing a user’s changing information requirements by integrating information management techniques with probabilistic plan recognition. In this paper, we describe a prototype emergency response application in the context of a subset of the attacks devised by the American Department of Homeland Security.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Fifth Annual Conference of the International Technology Alliance
PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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