Dr. David Smith gave an invited talk at the First Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems, held in Palo Alto, Dec 6-8, 2012. The talk was entitled "Progressive Planning," and described technical challenges in using Artificial Intelligence (AI) planning and scheduling technology in a mixed initiative environment, such as for planning rover operations, or planning activities for astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Among these challenges are 1) being able to represent and effectively reason with a wide range of preferences on the activities being considered, 2) being able to explain why activities are in a plan, and why other options cannot be achieved, and 3) being able to accept constraints and advice on the nature of the plan itself. A short paper discussing these challenges is available on Dr. Smith’s webpage: http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/profile/de2smith/
BACKGROUND: Dr. David Smith is a researcher in the Planning and Scheduling Group in the Autonomous Systems and Robotics research area of the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames. He has been involved in a wide range of planning and scheduling projects, including contingency planning for rover operations. He is currently lead of a Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) project on emergency path planning for aircraft that have suffered damage or failures.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) project, Aviation Safety Program
Contact: David E. Smith