Distributed Policy Learning for the Cognitive Network Management System

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The Cognitive Network Management System (CNMS) is a joint research initiative between Rockwell Collins and the Institute for Human Machine Cognition that aims to provide automated, policy-based real time network management for complex MANET networks. CNMS is a lightweight and efficient policy management framework designed to mitigate the need for centralized network management, reduce operator hands-on time, and increase network reliability. CNMS provides the necessary reasoning and enforcement mechanisms for the on-demand management of network topology and communication resources. Furthermore, it supports fully distributed policy learning mechanisms that enable networked devices to adapt at run-time to unanticipated network conditions and application requirements by creating and distributing learned policies.