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Dr David E Wilkins

Dr David E Wilkins

Senior Computer Scientist
Artificial Intelligence Center

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Biography and Interests

Past Projects


Automated User-Centered Reasoning and Acquisition System

The goal of this project is to build a generic knowledge acquisition capability for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Using the system, the scientists will be able to formulate their knowledge in the three science domains, and the high school students will be able to pose Advanced-Placement style questions and get user appropriate explanations.

Automating Exception Handing

Automating Exception Handing with Dynamic, Collaborative Scheduling

This project will integrate flight scheduling, execution management, and distributed coordination capabilities to provide an integrated basis for generating and updating flight schedules in response to new requirements, negotiating adjustments to resource assignments, immediately detecting schedule deviations during execution and alerting users about them, and dynamically reoptimizing flight schedules. Joint work with Carnegie Mellon University on problems at the Air Mobility Command.


Content-Based Mobile Edge Networking

The CBMEN program seeks to develop the network services and transport architectures to enable efficient, transparent distribution of content in mobile ad hoc network environments.


Coordinated Multi-Agent Team Reasoning and Incremental eXecution

SRI and team members are working on developing systems that enable people working in teams to quickly and effectively manage change.


Copernicus: Automating Emergence Detection

IARPA’s Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition (FUSE) Program seeks to develop automated methods that aid in the systematic, continuous, and comprehensive assessment of technical emergence using publicly available information found in published scientific, technical and patent literature. SRI’s team uses a theory-directed extension of best-of-breed language and network modeling techniques to produce the Copernicus system. SRI’s CSTED leads the theory of emergence task.


Distributed Continual Planning and Execution for Autonomous Air Vehicles

This goal of this project is to develop a new software capability for the reprogrammable, coordinated command and control of teams of autonomous unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).


DoVETAIL: Domain Vocabulary Extraction and Transduction, and Auto-Induction of Layout

The ability to quickly produce actionable intelligence from unanticipated, multiple, varied data sets require research advances in two key areas: (1) alignment of data models; and (2) advanced analytic algorithms. Making advances in these two research areas, and fully characterizing the performance of the research results, is the focus of this project, which is part of the IARPA Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination (KDD) Program.



The objectives of the ENDSTATE initiative aim to provide new and innovative tools to aid in understanding and exploiting the vulnerabilities created by increasingly interconnected and interdependent physical network infrastructures. The vision was to bring together different but consistent model structures and analysis technologies so as to provide an insight into the vulnerabilities of the infrastructure. The insight could be used to derive the appropriate course of action, given desired effect


FAUST (Flexible Acquisition and Understanding System for Text)

SRI is developing an automated reading system that makes the information in text accessible to a range of formal reasoning systems.


Future Force Warrior

The FFW program is developing an individual warrior / small combat team system of systems to complement the Future Combat System (FCS) program to achieve Army transformation objectives.


Integrated Battle Command Rolling Start

DARPA’s Integrated Battle Command program (IBC) aims to support the commander’s intuition, judgment, and creativity using flexible, intelligent decision aids. Unlike some previous efforts, IBC will focus on interactive methods that enable humans to guide the search for solutions.


Multiagent Planning Architecture

MPA is an open planning architecture that facilitates incorporation of new plan-related technologies, capitalizing on the benefits of distributed computing for efficiency and robustness. MPA provides protocols to support the sharing of knowledge and capabilities among agents involved in cooperative problem solving. MPA has been demonstrated in the air campaign planning domain, and was used as the infrastructure for the flagship demonstration of the DARPA Planning Initiative.


Planning and Decision Aids for Small Unit Operations

We developed a planning and decision aid (PDA) for the DARPA Small Unit Operations (SUO) program, to show the feasibility of using advanced planning technologies in SUO. The PDA monitors the execution of machine-understandable plans, using events as they are realistically reported in the battlespace, and alerts the user when the situation requires his attention.


UAV Airspace Management System

The ISX/SRI/BRG team will develop a UAV Airspace Management System (UAMS) that operates at a Battalion echelon level to deconflict multiple small UAV path plans in real time using limited sensors, communications, and processing resources. UAMS will employ a hybrid centralized/distributed architecture supporting dynamic coordination mode selection for each (group) of UAVs. This work is sponsored by the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD).


XG Policy Control

The vision of radically increased spectrum usage through XG-enabled radios requires regulatory bodies and spectrum holders to be convinced that the radios will follow rules and policies. This project will develop an expressive and extensible policy language with executable semantics, for describing policies that meet the needs of a wide variety of spectrum regulation bodies. We will also develop efficient reasoning algorithms to reason about policy compliance during radio operation.


XG Spectrum Manager

The XG Spectrum Manager is a set of applications software for managing networks of Software Defined Radios (SDRs) XG is DARPA ATO Program, and SRI is part of the team primed by the Shared Spectrum Company. SRI will assist in representing spectrum-use policies in a formal language, and develop algorithms for detecting transmitters.


Grasper: An Interactive Network Editor and Graphical Database

Grasper: An Interactive Network Editor and Graphical Database

Grasper is a system for viewing and manipulating graph-structured information, and for building graph-based user interfaces for application programs.

 Procedural Reasoning System

Procedural Reasoning System

SRI's Procedural Reasoning System (PRS-CL) was developed for representing and using an expert's procedural knowledge for accomplishing goals and tasks.

SIPE-2: System for Interactive Planning and Execution

SIPE-2: System for Interactive Planning and Execution

SIPE-2 efficiently reasons about actions to generate a novel sequence of actions that responds precisely to the situation at hand. Supports interactive mixed-initiative planning with powerful GUI; Allows giving of advice to the planner; Plans hierarchically at different levels of abstraction.

Selected Publications

The following publications are selected by the author. They are listed in reverse chronological order.
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