Mixed-Initiative Problem-Solving Assistant: Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
David W. Aha and Gheorghe Tecuci, Cochairs
Mixed-initiative (MI) problem solving concerns the development of cooperative assistants whose user interactions are determined by problem-solving context and the relative knowledge and skills of system and user rather than by fixed roles. By dynamically integrating the contributions of the user and system, such systems enable each to contribute what it does best. Moreover, dynamic and flexible user-interaction facilitates adaptation to differences in knowledge, experience, and preferences among different users and to changes in needs and preferences in individual users over time.
Unfortunately, few MI systems have been deployed. Development of mixed-initiative systems gives rise to several challenging issues, including dialogue management, user modeling, goal recognition, domain modeling, and problem-solving strategy selection. Those systems that have been implemented have typically been quite domain specific, which has impeded their reuse for other tasks.
The goal of this symposium was to identify the principles underlying the design of MI systems and to encourage their development and application.