Accession Number : ADA329931

Title :   The Design and Implementation of the TRAINS-96 System: A Prototype Mixed-Initiative Planning Assistant

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.

Corporate Author : ROCHESTER UNIV NY DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Ferguson, George M. ; Allen, James F. ; Miller, Brad W. ; Ringger, Eric K.

PDF Url : ADA329931

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 173

Abstract : This document describes the design and implementation of TRAINS-96, a prototype mixed-initiative planning assistant system. The TRAINS-96 system helps a human manager solve routing problems in a simple transportation domain. It interacts with the human using spoken, typed, and graphical input and generates spoken output and graphical map displays. The key to TRAINS-96 is that it treats the interaction with the user as a dialogue in which each participant can do what they do best. The TRAINS-96 system is intended as both a demonstration of the feasibility of realistic mixed-initiative planning and as a platform for future research. This document describes both the design of the system and such features of its use as might be useful for further experimentation. Further references and a comprehensive set of manual pages are also provided.

Descriptors :   *ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING, COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, PROTOTYPES, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, SPEECH RECOGNITION, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, DATA DISPLAYS, INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS, OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING, GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE