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Theories of Team Cognition by Michael P. Letsky, Stephen M. Fiore, Eduardo Salas

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Intelligent Agents as Teammates

Gita Sukthankar, Randall Shumaker and Michael Lewis

INTRODUCTION

Team behavior has almost exclusively been studied as involving humans interacting in tasks that require collective action to achieve success. Long a feature in science fiction, it recently has become technologically possible to create artificial entities that can serve as members of teams, as opposed to simply being automated systems operated by human team members. In the computing and robotics literature, such entities are called software agents. The term embodied agent is often used to describe physical robots in order to differentiate them from purely software agents; however, for the purposes of this chapter, we will use agent to refer to both ...

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