Penn State researchers have developed new software that can help decision-making teams in combat situations or homeland security handle information overload by inferring teams information needs and delivering relevant data from computer-generated reports.
The agent software called CAST (Collaborative Agents for Simulating Teamwork) highlights relevant data. This helps improve a teams decision-making process as well as enhances members collaboration.
"This version of CAST provides support for teams by anticipating what information team members will need, finding commonalities in the available information and determining how that information should be processed," said John Yen, professor of information sciences and technology. "Decision making is made easier because the software offers only relevant data."
CAST was originally developed by a team of researchers at Texas A&M where Yen was a key figure. Now a faculty member in Penn States School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), Yen heads the Research Laboratory for Team-based Agents at the University while continuing to collaborate with Richard Volz and Michael Miller, from Texas A&M, on the software.
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