An agent based approach to distributed task modeling for co-operative task support
Patel, R., Mitchell, R. J. and Warwick, K. (2001) An agent based approach to distributed task modeling for co-operative task support. In: 2nd International Conference on Human Interfaces in Control Rooms, Cockpits and Command Centres, People in Control 2001, 19-21 June 2001, UMIST, Manchester, UK, pp. 196-200. (ISSN: 0537-9989. ISBN: 085296742X)
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This paper describes the design and implementation of an agent based network for the support of collaborative switching tasks within the control room environment of the National Grid Company plc. This work includes aspects from several research disciplines, including operational analysis, human computer interaction, finite state modelling techniques, intelligent agents and computer supported co-operative work. Aspects of these procedures have been used in the analysis of collaborative tasks to produce distributed local models for all involved users. These models have been used as the basis for the production of local finite state automata. These automata have then been embedded within an agent network together with behavioural information extracted from the task and user analysis phase. The resulting support system is capable of task and communication management within the transmission despatch environment.