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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,486.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0150
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-076-0386
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N101-076
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
Knexus Research Corp.
9120 Beachway Lane, Springfield, VA, 22153
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
615336950
Principal Investigator:
Kalyan Gupta
President
(703) 203-3859
kalyan.gupta@knexusresearch.com
Business Contact:
Kalyan Gupta
President
(703) 203-3859
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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