Plan Recognition in Large-Scale Multi-Agent Tactical Domains

This research addresses the task of representing and recognizing events in a tactical domain from large-scale spatio-temporal data under conditions of limited observability and high noise with real-time response constraints.  These assumptions differ from those traditionally made in  plan recognition and produce a problem that combines aspects of plan recognition, pattern recognition and object tracking. This research provides evidence that parsimonious qualitative representations used to represent pair-wise interactions among agents can be combined to identify large-scale group behaviors that form the basis of increasingly complex patterns of activity.

A comprehensive software application was constructed to demonstrate the claims of the thesis by evaluating performance on a real-world problem involving the recognition of a tactical maneuver in actual US Army training battles.  Evaluations were conducted and performance evaluated by both novices and active military subject matter experts.

Plan Recognition in Large-Scale Multi-Agent Tactical Domains

by Mark Devaney

PhD Thesis, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2003
www.cc.gatech.edu/faculty/ashwin/papers/git-cc-03-01.ps.zip
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