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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-C-0422
Agency Tracking Number: N101-076-0386
Amount: $733,531.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-076
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Knexus Research Corp.
9120 Beachway Lane, Springfield, VA, -
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
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Abstract
Currently, there are no robust software platforms available 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. To meet this need, we will develop a software platform called CoASTeR-WB (Communicative Agent for Spatio-Temporal Reasoning), and supporting Knowledge Engineering tools, and utilities. We will build on CoASTeR-WB Phase I architecture to develop a mature and advanced version that introduces additional human-computer interaction modalities such as sketch, speech, and gesture using open source and COTS components. We will research and develop advanced versions of perception, spatio-temporal reasoning, and action planning components using cognitive architectures and state-of-the-art AI planning techniques. We will fully develop CoASTeR-WB"s automated test and evaluation framework for assessing the performance of communicative dynamic agents in navigation and extra navigational tasks. We will evaluate CoASTeR-WB with navy relevant scenarios of unmanned systems missions using the Workbench"s own automated evaluation framework. We will develop knowledge engineering and test and evaluation authoring tools to make CoASTeR-WB more accessible to developers and researchers.

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