Title

Multi-agent framework for general-purpose situational simulations in the construction management domain

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2006

Department

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abstract

The need for contextually rich education environments in construction management suggests the development of a general-purpose situational simulation framework that can be used by independent developers to build effective training environments. Design and implementation of such a framework involves an understanding of the reasoning processes underlying the construction management domain. These reasoning processes can be isolated using a conceptual classification of problems in the construction management domain into constraint satisfaction and planning. Such a classification allows us to distribute the different reasoning processes to autonomous agents that comprise the foundations of a multi-agent framework for building general-purpose situational simulations. The Virtual Coach is an implementation of the proposed framework. Experimental results from preliminary studies have shown the efficacy of the Virtual Coach as an educational tool.

Publisher's Statement

© ASCE. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0887-3801(2006)20:3(165)

Publication Title

Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering

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