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Title: Validating the autonomous science agent
Authors: Chien, Steve
Cichy, Benjamin
Schaffer, Steve
Tran, Danny
Rabideau, Gregg
Sherwood, Rob
Bote, Robert
Mandl, Dan
Frye, Stu
Shulman, Seth
Van Gaasbeck, Jim
Boyer, Darrell
Keywords: agent safety
autonomous science
automated planning
robust execution
agent architectures
Issue Date: 14-Jul-2003
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2003
Citation: Safe Agents Workshop, International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS), Melbourne, Australia, July 14, 2003
Abstract: This paper describes the validation process for the Autonomous Science Agent, a software agent that will fly onboard the EO-1 spacecraft from 2003-2004. This agent will recognize science events, retarget the spacecraft to respond to the science events, and reduce data downlink to only the highest value science data. The autonomous science agent has been designed using a layered architectural approach with specific redundant safeguards to reduce the risk of an agent malfunction to the EO-1 spacecraft. This "safe" design is also in the process of being thoroughly validated by informal validation methods and extensive testing. This paper describes the analysis used to define agent safety, elements of the design that increase the safety of the agent, and the process being used to validate agent safety prior to the agent software controlling the spacecraft.
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