Effects of cueing in cooperative search

David E. Jeffcoat, Pavlo A. Krokhmal, Olesya I. Zhupanska

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We consider the effects of cueing in a cooperative search mission that involves several autonomous agents. Two scenarios are discussed: one in which the search is conducted by a number of identical search-and-engage vehicles and one where these vehicles are assisted by a search-only (reconnaissance) asset. The cooperation between the autonomous agents is facilitated via cueing, i.e., the information transmitted to the agents by a searcher that has just detected a target. The effect of cueing on the target detection probability is derived from first principles using a Markov chain analysis. In particular, it is demonstrated that the benefit of cueing on the system's effectiveness is bounded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)814-821
Number of pages8
JournalNaval Research Logistics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Cooperative search
  • Cueing
  • Markov chains
  • Target detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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