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The Underwater Survey domain extends TRIPS into a domain that focuses on agent control and management. In contrast to the TRIPS-911 domain, this scenario builds and executes plans in collaboration with semi-autonomous robot agents. The main drive of this scenario is to develop a collaborative problem solving model with autonomous agents that can effectively integrate a human into a team of other humans and robotic agents. The goal is to create a natural system that allows the human to act and accomplish his goals without having a deep knowledge of the abilities and specifications of the other agents.
This domain also adds a significant multi-modal aspect to TRIPS, similar to that in the Medical Advisor domain. A map of the terrain and updated locations is available to the user, including a video display that can be used to see what the underwater robot is observing. Work on GUI management and effective multi-modal interaction is being done to allow the user to customize his environment through language and traditional means such as the keyboard or mouse.
Map of the underwater area being surveyed. The red box was highlighted by the user. Commands given to the robot to "survey this area" are appropriately referenced to this box, whose coordinates are then sent to the robot with a new collaborative objective to survey the area.
The Underwater Survey domain