A markov decision-based meeting scheduling mechanism for automatic secretary system using internet and smart-agent technologies (ASSIST)

Irene S.K. Ho, Chun Bun Henry Chan

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This paper presents an automatic secretary system called ASSIST (Automatic Secretary System using Internet and Smart-agent Technologies), which provides basic secretarial services, particularly meeting scheduling. We formulate a meeting scheduling problem based on a Markov decision model. The backward induction algorithm is used to determine the optimal policy (i.e., the optimal number of time slots for scheduling purposes). The analytical results are presented to show the system's behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4552-4559
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2003
EventSystem Security and Assurance - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 5 Oct 20038 Oct 2003


  • Automatic secretary
  • Meeting scheduling
  • Software agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture

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