Sousa: Composing and Conducting Battle Command Services

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,801.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-08-C-N403
Award Id:
81484
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-105-0062
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator:
Alan Vayda
Senior Scientist
(734) 327-8000
alan.vayda@soartech.com
Business Contact:
Jim Rosbe
President and CEO
(734) 327-8000
rosbe@soartech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Soar Technology is teaming with Drexel University to develop Sousa, a multi-agent system that assists signal officers by automating the task of composing Battle Command (BC) services into data flows and conducting the flow of data for initialization. Sousa decomposes the task into sub-tasks that are each handled by an intelligent software agent as part of a multi-agent system. The overall system interfaces to the other services on the network as a service itself. The system includes agents for monitoring the network infrastructure, the units and task organization of the forces, and the BC service infrastructure. Information from the monitoring processes is consolidated and organized in a knowledge base where the information about BC services is stored in an ontology. A composer agent uses the BC services ontology and other information in the knowledge base to design a composition of services that meets the quality of service (QoS) requirements and all other constraints. A conductor agent takes the design and executes the necessary commands on the network to create the data flow. It then checks the data requirements and directs the appropriate data to each service that needs to be initialized.

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