Information extraction in emergency management missions: an adaptive multi-agent approach

Ana C Martins Calderon, Peter Johnson

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Abstract: With increasing demands for autonomous agents to work alongside
humans in emergency management response (EMR), considerations of
translations of human to machine language (and the converse) are timely. We
present a prototype where the translation is dealt with by restricting
communications to occur through a form of controlled natural language (CNL)
(Fuchs and Schwitter, 1995). The prototype is new in that it allows for
communications between both physical and virtual autonomous agents, agents
are assigned different levels of autonomy, and it includes a level of information
hiding that allows for information to be passed to relevant agents, whilst
keeping those (humans) involved anonymous. A real-life mission is then used
to exemplify how information is retrieved and communicated in the prototype.
Finally, some usability experimental results are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-234
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Emergency Management
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Keywords:human and autonomous system interaction;EMR; emergency management response;emergency information system


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