ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 3    Issue : 3    Date : March 2008

Teaching Virtual Experts for Multi-Domain Collaborative Planning
Gheorghe Tecuci, Mihai Boicu, Dorin Marcu, Marcel Barbulescu, Cristina Boicu, Vu Le, and Thomas Hajduk
Page(s): 38-59
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This paper presents an approach to rapid development of virtual planning experts that can collaborate to
develop plans of action requiring expertise from multiple domains. The approach is implemented into a
new type of software tool, called Disciple-VPT, which includes an extensible library of virtual planning
experts from different domains. Teams of such virtual experts can be rapidly assembled from the library to
generate complex plans of actions that require their joint expertise. The basic component of the
Disciple-VPT tool is the Disciple-VE learning agent shell that can be taught directly by a subject matter
expert how to plan, trough planning examples and explanations, in a way that is similar to how the expert
would teach an apprentice. Copies of the Disciple-VE shells are used by experts in different domains to
rapidly populate the library of virtual experts of Disciple-VPT.

Index Terms
knowledge engineering, HTN planning, learning, collaboration, expert systems, emergency response
planning, knowledge bases, ontology, rules, software tool