David Scheidt, Christopher McCubbin, Michael Pekala, Shon Vick, and David Alger, The Johns Hopkins University
The Open Autonomy Kernel (OAK) is an architecture for autonomous distributed control. OAK addresses control as a three-step process: diagnosis, planning and execution. OAK is specifically designed to support "hard" control problems in which the system is complex, sensor coverage is incomplete, and distribution of control is desired. A unique combination of model-based reasoning and autonomous agents is used. Model-based reasoning is used to perform diagnosis. Observations and execution are distributed using autonomous intelligent agents. Planning is performed with some simple script or graph-spanning planners. A prototype OAK system designed to control the chilled water distribution system of a Navy surface ship has been developed and is described.