desJardins, M. and Wolverton, M. Coordinating Planning Activity and Information Flow in a Distributed Planning System. AI Magazine, vol. 20, no. 4, Dec1999.
Distributed SIPE (DSIPE) is a distributed planning system that provides decision support to human planners in a collaborative planning environment. The key contributions of our research on DSIPE are (1) constraint-based, consistent local views of the global plan that give each planner a view of how other planners ‘ subplans relate to their local planning decisions; (2) methods for automatically identifying and sharing potentially relevant information among distributed planning agents; and (3) techniques for merging subplans that leverage the shared subplan structure to generate a complete, final plan. DSIPE is a fully implemented system, and has been demonstrated to end users in the maritime (U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps) planning community.