Effective AI sidekicks must solve the interlinked problems of understanding what their human collaborator's intentions are and planning actions to support them. This thesis explores a range of approximate but tractable approaches to planning for AI sidekicks based on decision-theoretic methods that reason about how the sidekick's actions will effect their beliefs about unobservable states of the world, including their collaborator's intentions. In doing so we extend an existing body of work on decision-theoretic models of assistance to support information gathering and communication actions. We also apply Monte Carlo tree search methods for partially observable domains to the problem and introduce an ensemble-based parallelization strategy. These planning techniques are be demonstrated across a range of video game domains.
CSAIL and MIT Game Lab
Thesis Supervisors: Leslie Pack Kaelbling and Tomas Lozano Perez