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Software Agents as Facilitators of Coherent Coalition Operations

By D Allsopp, P Beautement, J M Bradshaw, J Carson, M Kirton, N Suri and Austin Tate

Abstract

The University of Edinburgh and research sponsors are authorised to reproduce and distribute reprints and on-line copies for their purposes notwithstanding any copyright annotation hereon. The views and conclusions contained herein are the author’s and shouldn’t be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of other parties.Software agents can be viewed as semi-autonomous entities which help people cope with the complexities of working collaboratively in a distributed information environment. This paper describes the research that DERA is carrying out into Software Agents for use in Command Systems and the collaborative work with the 16 partners of an international Coalition Agents\ud Experiment. Specifically, the paper aims to show that using software agent-based C2 frameworks is a useful way of dealing with the complexity of real-world problems such as supporting agile and robust Coalition operations and enabling interoperability between legacy or previously incompatible systems. In addition, Agent-enabled 'grids' can be used to rapidly integrate a wide\ud variety of agents and infrastructures, with domain management services structuring agent\ud relationships, limiting their behaviours and enforcing Coalition policies

Topics: artificial intelligence, command systems, coalition, collaboration, Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute
Publisher: US Dept. of Defense CCRP
Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk:1842/2265

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