Solving the Multiagent Selection and Scheduling Problem
My work focuses on building computational agents that assist people in managing their activities in environments in which tempo and complexity outstrip people’s cognitive capacity,such as in coordinating rescue teams in the aftermath of a disaster, or in helping people with dementia manage their everyday lives. A critical challenge faced in such environments is not only that individuals must factor complicated constraints into deciding how and when to act on their own goals, but also that their decisions are further constrained by choices made by others with whom they interact, such as between cooperating teams in disaster relief or between patients and caregivers in an assisted-living facility. An additional challenge in such situations is that the interests of individuals, such as privacy and autonomy, along with slow, costly, uncertain,or otherwise problematic communication may further limitindividuals’ abilities to work together. My work assumes that a computational agent is associated with each individual, and that these agents will work together efficiently to manage individual and joint activities, while maintaining autonomy and privacy to the extent possible.