An agent based approach to examining shared situation awareness

Connelly, S., Lindsay, P. A. and Gallagher, M. (2007). An agent based approach to examining shared situation awareness. In: B. Werner, Engineering Complex Computer Systems 2007. 12th IEEE International Conference on Engineering Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS 2007), Auckland, New Zealand, (138-147). 11-14 July 2007. doi:10.1109/ICECCS.2007.14

Author Connelly, S.
Lindsay, P. A.
Gallagher, M.
Title of paper An agent based approach to examining shared situation awareness
Conference name 12th IEEE International Conference on Engineering Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS 2007)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 11-14 July 2007
Proceedings title Engineering Complex Computer Systems 2007
Journal name 12th Ieee International Conference On Engineering Complex Computer Systems, Proceedings
Place of Publication Los Alamitos, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher IEEE Computer Society
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/ICECCS.2007.14
ISBN 0-7695-2895-3
Editor B. Werner
Start page 138
End page 147
Total pages 10
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Abstract/Summary With the increased interest in multi-user systems with distributed decision making tasks, such as network centric warfare and free-flight air traffic control, the concept of shared situation awareness (SSA) has become more important. SSA relates to the awareness that different operators have of the system state and the information needs of their team-mates, in order to coordinate their actions effectively. However, there are many different definitions of SSA in the literature and no generally agreed methodology for measuring it. Investigation to date has primarily been conducted through human-in-the-loop (HIL) experiments, which typically are costly and return only subjective results. Agent based modelling has been proposed as a partial solution, using software agents to take the place of humans in experiments. This paper describes the application of agent based modelling to a multi-user system: namely, the SCUDhunt game. The paper examines different ways of sharing information between operators, and their effect on team performance in cases with less than perfect information. Agent based modelling enables performance to be tested on a wide range of scenarios quickly and repeatedly and yields insights that would be difficult to achieve through HIL experiments alone.
Subjects 280109 Decision Support and Group Support Systems
610101 Navy
Keyword Multi-user systems
Network centric warfare
Shared situation awareness (SSA)
Agent based approach
Human-in-the-loop (HIL)
Q-Index Code E1
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