When addressing terrorist threats we must give special attention to both prevention and disaster response. Enabling
effective interactions between agent teams and humans for
disaster response is a critical area of research, with encouraging progress in the past few years. However, previous
work suffers from two key limitations: (i) limited human situational awareness, reducing human effectiveness in directing agent teams and (ii) the agent team’s rigid interaction
strategies that limit team performance. This paper focuses
on a novel disaster response software prototype, called DEFACTO (Demonstrating Effective Flexible Agent Coordination of Teams through Omnipresence). DEFACTO is based
on a software proxy architecture and 3D visualization system, which addresses the two limitations described above.
First, the 3D visualization interface enables human virtual
omnipresence in the environment, improving human situational awareness and ability to assist agents. Second, generalizing past work on adjustable autonomy, the agent team
chooses among a variety of “team-level” interaction strategies, even excluding humans from the loop in extreme circumstances.