Trial by fire. Understanding the design requirements for agents in complex environments

Paul R. Cohen, Michael L. Greenberg, David M. Hart, Adele E. Howe

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The authors describe Phoenix from the perspective of their technical aims and motives. They describe the Phoenix task - controlling simulated forest fires - and explain why they use a simulated environment instead of a real, physical one. They discuss the characteristics of the forest fire environment and the constraints they place on the design of agents. They illustrate Phoenix agents controlling a forest fire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-48
Number of pages17
JournalAI Magazine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Artificial Intelligence

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