Beyond the Elves: Making Intelligent Agents Intelligent

  • Craig A. Knoblock University of Southern California
  • José Luis Ambite Information Sciences Institute
  • Mark James Carman University of Lugano
  • Matthew Michelson University of Southern California
  • Pedro Szekely University of Southern California
  • Rattapoom Tuchinda University of Southern California

Abstract

The goal of the Electric Elves project was to develop software agent technology to support human organizations. We developed a variety of applications of the Elves, including scheduling visitors, managing a research group (the Office Elves), and monitoring travel (the Travel Elves). The Travel Elves were eventually deployed at DARPA, where things did not go exactly as planned. In this article, we describe some of the things that went wrong and then present some of the lessons learned and new research that arose from our experience in building the Travel Elves.

Author Biographies

Craig A. Knoblock, University of Southern California
Information Sciences Institute Senior Project Leader and Research Professor in Computer Science
José Luis Ambite, Information Sciences Institute
Senior Research Scientist
Mark James Carman, University of Lugano
Informatics Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher
Matthew Michelson, University of Southern California
Computer Science Department Ph.D. Student
Pedro Szekely, University of Southern California
Computer Science Department Research Assistant Professor
Rattapoom Tuchinda, University of Southern California
Computer Science Department Ph.D. Student
Published
2008-07-10
Section
Articles