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The Pacifica domain builds on our experience with the TRAINS system (Ferguson et al 1996; Allen et al 1995; Ferguson, Allen, and Miller 1996), but is different in several ways:
Map of Pacifica used in the Pacifica domain
The Pacifica domain
In the Pacifica domain, TRIPS is an assistant to a human manager. The two collaborate to construct plans in crisis situations involving the island of Pacifica. A typical scenario involves an approaching hurricane necessitating the evacuation of the population to one of the cities on the island, and from there presumably to safety. The manager's task is to plan the evacuation, using a variety of vehicles (e.g. trucks, helicopters). There may be a variety of constraints placed on the final plans, such as time, cost, weather-related factors, and so on.
The important features of this scenario as a research environment are:
There is also a movie about TRIPS Pacifica.
This document was taken from George Ferguson and James F. Allen, ``TRIPS: An Intelligent Integrated Problem-Solving Assistant,'' Proceedings of the Fifteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-98), Madison, WI, 26-30 July, 1998, pp. 567-573. [PDF]