Smart, Paul R., Sycara, Katia and Klapiscak, Tom
A constraint satisfaction model of collective sensemaking: insights into the effect of coalition communication environments on the dynamics of collective cognition.
In, 6th Annual Conference of the International Technology Alliance (ACITA '12), Southampton, GB,
17 - 21 Sep 2012.
The socially-distributed nature of cognitive processing in military coalitions means that various features of the coalition communication environment (e.g., communication network topology) have the potential to influence collective cognitive outcomes. At the present time, however, we have little understanding of how the specific features of coalition communication environments influence the dynamics of collective cognitive processing. In order to address this issue, a computational model of one particular aspect of cognitive processing, namely collective sensemaking, is proposed. The computational model provides the basis for computer simulations that can be used to provide some initial insight into how collective cognition is affected by a variety of psychosocial and technological variables. In addition to a description of the model, some specific proposals for future simulation work are outlined. The results of experiments using this model can be used to guide decisions about what kind of real-world observational and experimental studies to perform. In addition, when combined with empirical studies that seek to validate model outputs in specific situations, the model can be used to support the development of techniques and technologies that maximize the collective cognitive potential of military coalition organizations.
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