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Animating the Coalition Planning Process

  • Speaker: Dr Jitu Patel, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
  • Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2013 from 16:30 to 17:30
  • Location: Room 160, Birkbeck Main Building

The seminar will be on my research, which draws on both artificial intelligence and psychology, to make the coalition (UK with partner nations) planning process more agile and dynamic. Planning for military operations is a multifaceted, knowledge-intensive, and collaborative endeavour. It's conducted before and during an operation by specialist military personnel, who still carry out the planning process with limited use of any decision support tools. In this seminar, I will outline the military planning process and summarise some of the key research efforts on designing decision support tools over the last two decades. Unfortunately, very little of this research has managed to win over the planners. I will summarise my research, over the last 10 years, in designing tools to support military planners. Finally, I will present some of the outstanding research issues that I would like to address over the next few years.

Jitu Patel is a principal scientist at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). He has a PhD in artificial intelligence from the Open University, and is a fellow of IET. His research interests include knowledge representation, reasoning, learning and cross-cultural studies.