14 May 2015 Minimally disruptive schedule repair for MCM missions
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Mine countermeasures (MCM) missions entail planning and operations in very dynamic and uncertain operating environments, which pose considerable risk to personnel and equipment. Frequent schedule repairs are needed that consider the latest operating conditions to keep mission on target. Presently no decision support tools are available for the challenging task of MCM mission rescheduling. To address this capability gap, we have developed the CARPE system to assist operation planners. CARPE constantly monitors the operational environment for changes and recommends alternative repaired schedules in response. It includes a novel schedule repair algorithm called Case-Based Local Schedule Repair (CLOSR) that automatically repairs broken schedules while satisfying the requirement of minimal operational disruption. It uses a case-based approach to represent repair strategies and apply them to new situations. Evaluation of CLOSR on simulated MCM operations demonstrates the effectiveness of case-based strategy. Schedule repairs are generated rapidly, ensure the elimination of all mines, and achieve required levels of clearance.
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Matthew Molineaux, Matthew Molineaux, Bryan Auslander, Bryan Auslander, Philip G. Moore, Philip G. Moore, Kalyan Moy Gupta, Kalyan Moy Gupta, "Minimally disruptive schedule repair for MCM missions", Proc. SPIE 9454, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XX, 945404 (14 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177070; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2177070

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