Visualization of Filter Rules in Autonomous Software-Agents

Ivalina Jordakieva
Visualization of Filter Rules in Autonomous Software-Agents
[poster] [thesis]

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Abstract

SiMA (Simulation of the Mental Apparatus & Applications) is an interdisciplinary project, in which technicians and psychoanalysts cooperatively develop an implementable model of a decision-making unit based on the human psychological apparatus. Particular attention is attributed to designing the developed system akin to the human model in its functions (and its behavior). This includes the im-plementation of social rules and defense mechanisms. Together they form a bionically inspired filter mechanism for the agent's sensory data. The filter mechanism allows the user to identify and resolve conflicts arising between the agent’s perception and goals or implemented social rules. In this work, the SiMA project is further developed iteratively, following a use-case-driven methodo-logical approach. The basis is psychoanalytic use cases, which depict human behavior. The current use case revolves around the refinement of defense mechanisms. To fulfill this use case it is necessary to enhance the defense mechanisms to the next development stage. This includes the formulation of filter rules, knowledge representation for mapping these filter rules and validating their visualization possibilities and their influence on decision making. Additionally, the infrastructure for implementing the current use case has to be advanced further in order to enable validation with the entire system. This necessitates the development of an inventory system and new actions for the agent. After analyzing different input possibilities and knowledge representations regarding their suitability for the SiMA model, it could be shown that no existing model meets the specific requirements for flexibility and legibility. As a result, a separate input and memory format was developed for the filter rules and integrated into the existing model. The approach was embedded into the existing Java im-plementation of the SiMA model and tested in a multi-agent simulation environment (MASON). The simulation results supported eligibility of the newly developed rule format and highlighted the poten-tial applications for the use of this bionically inspired filter mechanism.

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@mastersthesis{JORDAKIEVA-2017-VFR,
  title =      "Visualization of Filter Rules in Autonomous Software-Agents",
  author =     "Ivalina Jordakieva",
  year =       "2017",
  abstract =   "SiMA (Simulation of the Mental Apparatus & Applications)
               is an interdisciplinary project, in which technicians and
               psychoanalysts cooperatively develop an implementable model
               of a decision-making unit based on the human psychological
               apparatus. Particular attention is attributed to designing
               the developed system akin to the human model in its
               functions (and its behavior). This includes the
               im-plementation of social rules and defense mechanisms.
               Together they form a bionically inspired filter mechanism
               for the agent's sensory data. The filter mechanism allows
               the user to identify and resolve conflicts arising between
               the agent’s perception and goals or implemented social
               rules. In this work, the SiMA project is further developed
               iteratively, following a use-case-driven methodo-logical
               approach. The basis is psychoanalytic use cases, which
               depict human behavior. The current use case revolves around
               the refinement of defense mechanisms. To fulfill this use
               case it is necessary to enhance the defense mechanisms to
               the next development stage. This includes the formulation of
               filter rules, knowledge representation for mapping these
               filter rules and validating their visualization
               possibilities and their influence on decision making.
               Additionally, the infrastructure for implementing the
               current use case has to be advanced further in order to
               enable validation with the entire system. This necessitates
               the development of an inventory system and new actions for
               the agent. After analyzing different input possibilities and
               knowledge representations regarding their suitability for
               the SiMA model, it could be shown that no existing model
               meets the specific requirements for flexibility and
               legibility. As a result, a separate input and memory format
               was developed for the filter rules and integrated into the
               existing model. The approach was embedded into the existing
               Java im-plementation of the SiMA model and tested in a
               multi-agent simulation environment (MASON). The simulation
               results supported eligibility of the newly developed rule
               format and highlighted the poten-tial applications for the
               use of this bionically inspired filter mechanism.",
  month =      sep,
  address =    "Favoritenstrasse 9-11/E193-02, A-1040 Vienna, Austria",
  school =     "Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna
               University of Technology ",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2017/JORDAKIEVA-2017-VFR/",
}