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Comirem: An Intelligent Form for Resource Management
March/April 2005 (vol. 20 no. 2)
pp. 16-24
Stephen F. Smith, Carnegie Mellon University
David W. Hildum, Carnegie Mellon University
David R. Crimm, Carnegie Mellon University
Comirem is an "intelligent form" for resource management in continuous planning domains. The system implements a user-centered approach to scheduling and resource allocation based on three principles: First, users will want to make planning and resource allocation decisions at different levels of detail in different circumstances and correspondingly delegate more or less decision-making responsibility to system processes in different contexts. Second, abstract domain models, coupled with graphical visualization, can provide an effective basis for communicating decision impact and proposing decision options. Finally, incremental, adaptive problem-solving capabilities, which attempt to localize change whenever possible and appropriate, are central to maintaining continuity in the planning and resource management process. We use these principles to provide a variety of tools for mixed-initiative resource allocation, feasibility checking, resource tracking, and conflict resolution. Users interact with Comirem through a Web-based, spreadsheet-style GUI that reflects a structured-forms decision-making paradigm.
Index Terms:
resource management, mixed-initiative planning and scheduling, intelligent forms, constraint reasoning
Citation:
Stephen F. Smith, David W. Hildum, David R. Crimm, "Comirem: An Intelligent Form for Resource Management," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 16-24, March-April 2005, doi:10.1109/MIS.2005.23
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