Communicative Agents for Spatio-Temporal Reasoning Workbench (CoASTeR-WB)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0150
Agency Tracking Number: N101-076-0386
Amount: $99,486.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-076
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Knexus Research Corp.
9120 Beachway Lane, Springfield, VA, 22153
DUNS: 615336950
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kalyan Gupta
 President
 (703) 203-3859
 kalyan.gupta@knexusresearch.com
Business Contact
 Kalyan Gupta
Title: President
Phone: (703) 203-3859
Email: kalyan.gupta@knexusresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Currently there are no software platforms for developing and evaluating reusable, virtual, communicative spatio-temporal agents. This makes rapid development and meaningful comparative evaluation, critical requirements for military and non-military applications, infeasible. Lack of such a platform also slows down the much needed research in spatio-temporal technologies. We will architect a software workbench called CoASTeR-WB (Communicative Agent for Spatio-Temporal Reasoning) to meet these requirements. In contrast to the state-of-the-art technologies that use disparate and proprietary representation and reasoning technologies, we will investigate a unique framework for plug-and-play open-source virtual worlds and communicative technologies and reusable spatio-temporal reasoning agents. We will investigate automatic methods for achieving semantic interoperability among CoASTeR-WB components. We will investigate the use of a cognitive architecture as a robust foundation for developing spatio-temporal agents for advanced navigation and extra-navigational tasks. Finally, we will develop specifications for a built-in evaluation framework with a library of spatio-temporal reasoning tasks and annotated scenarios to enable rapid, consistent, and comparative evaluations. We will validate our approach by implementing a proof-of-concept prototype and executing an evaluation run with a library of sample spatio-temporal reasoning test-problems.

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