Recognized Air Picture – Techniques for Dynamic Multi-Plan Management


  1. Happe, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd, Richmond BC (CAN)
This report documents the outcome of the Dynamic Multiplan Management (DMM) research project, whose objective is to provide the Canadian Air Force with novel techniques supporting distributed plan management at various levels of abstraction (tactical, operational, strategic). The plans developed by high-level commanders need to be validated for feasibility, and it should be possible to leave low-level plan details open and delegate them to subcommanders or autonomous agents to fill in when the corresponding subplans are to be executed. Once executing, the plans need to be monitored and adjusted in response to the evolving situation. The DMM project builds upon a previous Dynamic Plan Management project at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Valcartier and is also related to the Execution Management and Plan Adaptation (EMPA) project. It investigates an AI planning technique called Hierarchical Task Networks. Based on this representation, we construct a Unified Modelling Language (UML) data model for plan elements and their relationships. Furthermore, we develop techniques for validating plans and determining dependencies and interactions between plans. Finally, we propose a high-level design for an intuitive graphical user interface for plan monitoring, plan updating, and forecasting outcomes, which adapts to the needs of commanders for different levels of detail. The project is funded as part of the JCDS21 support contract.

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Decision support;Plan representation;Plan monitoring;Execution management;Multiple representations
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2008-427;MDA-RX-PL-52-6743 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2009
Number of Pages
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