Ontology Design for Task Allocation and Management in Urban Search and Rescue Missions

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Task allocation and management is crucial for human-robot collaboration in Urban Search And Rescue response efforts. The job of a mission team leader in managing tasks becomes complicated when adding multiple and different types of robots to the team. Therefore, to effectively accomplish mission objectives, shared situation awareness and task management support are essential. In this paper, we design and evaluate an ontology which provides a common vocabulary between team members, both humans and robots. The ontology is used for facilitating data sharing and mission execution, and providing the required automated task management support. Relevant domain entities, tasks, and their relationships are modeled in an ontology
based on vocabulary commonly used by firemen, and a user interface is designed to provide task tracking and monitoring. The ontology design and interface are deployed in a search and rescue system and its use is evaluated by firemen in a task allocation and management scenario. Results provide support that the proposed ontology (1) facilitates information sharing during missions; (2) assists the team leader in task allocation and management; and (3) provides automated support for managing an Urban Search and Rescue mission.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, ICAART 2018
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-758-275-2
ISBN (Print)978-989-758-275-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventICAART 2018: 10th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Villa Galé - Santa Cruz, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 16 Jan 201818 Jan 2018
Conference number: 10


ConferenceICAART 2018
Abbreviated titleICAART 2018
CityFunchal, Madeira
Internet address


  • Task Management
  • Human Robot Collaboration
  • Ontology
  • Urban Search and Rescue


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