Acting on Incoming Communication

June 12th, 2013 : By Mandira Hegde :


In a previous post, I described 4 ways Discovery Machine models human behavior. The second way is by building models that communicate with other humans and automated entities to complete goals. In this post, I will expand upon how our Navy crew member models handle incoming radio message communications.

Attached to each of our crew member models is a data object we call a “Communication Handler.” The Communication Handler defines how the crew member model communicates with other human and automated entities while in the process of performing its mission. Below is a visual representation of a Communication Handler:

comm handler

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In this representation, each branch contains an action to be completed in response to a particular incoming radio message. The action can be a simple reply acknowledging the receipt of the message (“Roger, copy”). Or, the action can be to set a flag in the attached crew member model, alerting the model to perform a more complex set of tasks in response to the message. For example, if the Communication Handler were to receive a request to launch a helicopter, the following series of high-level steps would occur:

1. The Communication Handler receives and acknowledges the incoming request to launch a helicopter
2. The Communication Handler sets a flag in the attached crew member model alerting it to the request
3. The crew member model adds and prioritizes the goal of launching a helicopter
4. When the crew member model determines that launching a helicopter is its highest priority goal, it completes the set of tasks needed to accomplish the goal

In my next post, I will describe how our crew member behavior models multi-task to efficiently complete goals.

If you would like to learn more about Discovery Machine’s use of Communication Handlers, download our free paper about customizable speech centers, an honorable mention best paper from I/ITSEC 2012.

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