Jane T. Malin
This paper discusses types of agent control and communication that are needed to integrate agents into extended operations teamwork and to provide help for teams performing anomaly response tasks. The three types of control and communication are analogous to those used for human-to-human loose coordination. First, the agents need to provide information to support team awareness of agent activities, plans, goals, assessments and status, enabled by multi-layered self-monitoring and communication. Second, agents need to provide mixed initiative interaction to enable joint problem solving and command completion, to minimize the effort needed to specify changes in agent actions and plans. Finally, support is needed to for interruption of an agent task or activity and safe resumption in a changed situation. Safety conscious agents can identify assumptions and perform system simulations to check proposed workaround configurations and operations against possible safety risks.