Agile planning for real-world disaster response

Wu, Feng and Ramchurn, Sarvapali D. and Jiang, Wenchao and Fischer, Joel E. and Rodden, Tom and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2015) Agile planning for real-world disaster response. In: International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-15), 25-31 July 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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We consider a setting where an agent-based planner instructs teams of human emergency responders to perform tasks in the real world. Due to uncertainty in the environment and the inability of the planner to consider all human preferences and all attributes of the real-world, humans may reject plans computed by the agent. A na¨ıve solution that replans given a rejection is inefficient and does not guarantee the new plan will be acceptable. Hence, we propose a new model re-planning problem using a Multi-agent Markov Decision Process that integrates potential rejections as part of the planning process and propose a novel algorithm to efficiently solve this new model. We empirically evaluate our algorithm and show that it outperforms current benchmarks. Our algorithm is also shown to perform better in pilot studies with real humans.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 25–31 July 2015. Palo Alto, Calif. : AAAI Press/International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-5773-5738-4, pp. 132-138
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Fischer, Joel
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2016 10:31
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 05:18

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