Computer Science Department
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Planning for Communication Resources
Brett Browning, Manuela Veloso
Keywords: Communication planning, resource allocation, frequency
For many human team activities, ranging from military operations
through to emergency rescue or large entertainment events,
communications resources must be assigned to different teams or
team members. These assignments must reflect the capabilities of
the available communication devices and avoid conflicting use of
communications channels already in use in the local environment.
In general, finding and assigning available communication channels
for short-term use is a task performed manually by human operators.
Operators, using generic tools, such as spreadsheets and database
manipulation programs, access government databases to obtain
information on frequency usage and then manually attempt to locate
suitable unused channels. This process is time intensive, prone to
error, and mechanistic in nature. In this paper, we describe the
CommPlanner, a new fully implemented system developed to automate
this assignment procedure and thereby speed up and make more
reliable the process. We describe the algorithms used by the
CommPlanner, and the underlying issues that, while not always
obvious, must be addressed in the processes of assigning frequency usage.