ALP-CoABS Interprogram Technology Integration
Monthly Report #1
Reporting Period: 1- 28 February 1999
Object Services and Consulting, Inc.
During February 1999, I began familiarizing myself
with the ALP and CoABS programs, and read some of the technical documentation
related to these programs. I attended several meetings related to
project activities, and established initial contacts with several members
of the ALP and CoABS teams. I prepared an intial Design Document
Progress for February 1999
During this first month of activity:
I attended an ALP demonstration at DARPA on February
4, and spoke briefly with Todd Carrico. I also had an initial
meeting with Jim Hendler the same day to discuss the ALP-CoABS integration
effort. See Trip
I did some background reading on Army logistics to
prepare for the ALP demo, including Moving Mountains: Lessons
in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War, by Lt. General William
Pagonis with Jeffrey Cruikshank , and a 1993 Rand study "Army Experiences
with Deployment Planning in Operation Desert Shield" by James Stucker and
Iris Kameny. I also did some additional background reading on agent
technology (e.g., N. R. Jennings and M. J. Wooldridge, Agent Technology:
Foundations, Applications, and Markets, Springer, 1998).
I downloaded a number of ALP documents,
including a 1998 Plugin Developers Guide (PDG) from the (SRA) ALP Web site,
and went through them (particularly the PDG) in some detail. I compiled
a list of questions on various ALP technical issues to raise in discussions
with Marshall Brinn and others.
I downloaded information about the
various CoABS projects and the TIEs from the CoABS Web site, and some additional
ALP-related information from various DoD logistics-related organizations,
and read through that.
I sent initial email messages to Max
Mansur (ALPINE), Marshall Brinn (BBN), Steve Milligan (BBN), and Brian
Kettler (ISX) introducing the CoABS / ALP activity. I had email interactions
with Max Mansur on getting access to ALP technical material, and with Marshall
Brinn attempting to set up a meeting to discuss the project (Marshall was
out of town a lot this month, so our intial meeting will be in March).
I attended a meeting at Sun, February
22, with Jeff Bradshaw (Boeing), and Kate Stout and Geoff Arnold (of Sun's
agent research team), which covered FIPA architecture activities and the
CoABS grid. See Trip
I revised our original list of ALP-CoABS
architectural issues, adding information based on my reading of ALP and
CoABS documents and identifying potential relationships with CoABS projects.
I also revised our original list of CoABS projects with corresponding information
on potential relationships with ALP issues. I merged these two lists
into an initial Design
for specifying ALP-CoABS technology integration, and sent a pointer to
the document to Todd Carrico and Jim Hendler.
I received an invitation to attend
a meeting in Washington on March 11 at which new CoABS participants will
be briefed into the program, and plan to attend.
I received an invitation from David
Kotz (PI of Dartmouth's D'Agents project) to visit Dartmouth and give a
talk (based on some material I'd posted on MIT's Mobility email list some
time ago on "Why Mobility") and agreed to go (in the April - May timeframe),
but also mentioned the CoABS/ALP work.
Plans for March 1999
meet with Marshall Brinn to discuss
detailed ALP issues and questions, and CoABS interaction
interact with Brian Kettler regarding
the ALP-CoABS interaction
continue development of the Design
Document; in particular:
validate associations between issues
and CoABS projects and make associations more specific
construct matrix from validated associations
Travel: attend the CoABS introductory
meeting 11 March in Washington.
Travel: present initial ALP /
CoABS interaction ideas to Jim Hendler and Todd Carrico
Send the Design Document (or extracts)
to Marshall Brinn and Brian Kettler (and possibly elsewhere) for their