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Complex systems require intelligent control strategies, and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and tools may contribute to the management of such systems. At RAND, we have been developing AI approaches to systems management problems. Our work involves three principal components: (1) a model of the system to be managed; (2) a situation assessment function that employs the model to interpret sensor data; and (3) a planning and control function that employs the model to select desired actions. This broad approach generalizes many of the recent advanced AI applications and defines a substantial R&D program. Our current R&D efforts aim at improving the technologies for modeling and simulation, for systematizing and improving situation assessment methods, and for expanding our repertoire of planning strategies and tools.

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