A Virtual Room to Support Collaboration involving Tasks, Events and Activity Support
Proposal from Austin Tate, 13-Aug-2002
Potential Project Names:
Co-Habitat - Proposal for potential DARPA project in Habitats (later NICCI) program
Possible AIAI contribution to a UWF/IHMC (Jeff Bradshaw) led
- I-TEARoom - A Virtual Room to Support Collaboration involving Tasks, Events and Activity Support.
- I-CCI (I-C2I - pronounced "eye see two eye") I-X Process Panels for Command, Control and Intelligence
Links to CoSAR-TS Project proposal.
I-X Process Panels (I-P2), when fully developed, will provide tools
and user interfaces to aid collaboration between a wide variety and
large number of individuals, group participants and organizational
entities in a way that allows them to cooperate, in a task-driven way,
via the sharing and exchange of issues, activities, processes,
constraints, reports and messages. They utilise a shared model of
these entities which is intelligible to all participants. The context
for any panel (it's "I-Space") can be dynamically configured to
reflect the changing status of agents, inter-agent authorities and
policies. I-X Process Panels can function even when given limited
knowledge. They can act anywhere in a continuum from tracking fully
manually driven activity to initiating fully autonomous activity where
permitted. They can allow for seamless integration of intelligent
planning and dynamically responsive workflow determination and
execution technologies to assist in the process of responding flexibly
to emerging tasks and a changing environment as available capabilities
and resources alter.
The technical infrastructure for I-X Process Panels allows for the use
of any suitable inter-agent communications strategy including highly
distributed fault tolerant and secure peer-to-peer methods where
Work on Habitats/NICCI will:
- Refine the current simple I-X Process Panels work in the direction
of developing the I-Space agent relationship model and external
capability description facilities and tools to support this.
- The panel description specification will be further developed to
link with emerging work on Habitat Specifications (HSPEC and DAML-S).
- The I-Space links to remote agent presence or status, resource
availability and other context features will be developed from their
current simple notions.
- The outline ideas for the I-Space authority model will be created
to allow effective mixed initiative operations to be supported by
- Links to the domain and policy management work being undertaken by
UWF/IHMC will be studied.
- Consolidation of the I-X communications strategy which provides
the inter-agent connectivity and messaging layer will be undertaken to
ensure emerging secure, fault tolerant, domain-aware methods can be
Tate, A., Dalton, J. and Stader, J. (2002) .I-P2: Intelligent Process
Panels to Support Coalition Operations., Proceedings of the 2nd
International Conference on Knowledge Systems for Coalition
Operations, pp. 184-190, Toulouse, France, 23-24 April 2002 and IEEE
Intelligent Systems, May/June 2002.
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