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Autonomous Agents And Multi-agent Systems : Explorations In Learning, Self-organization And Adaptive Computation - Jiming Liu

Autonomous Agents And Multi-agent Systems

Explorations In Learning, Self-organization And Adaptive Computation

Hardcover Published: 17th August 2001
ISBN: 9789810242824
Number Of Pages: 300

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An autonomous agent is a computational system that acquires sensory data from its environment and decides by itself how to relate the external stimulus to its behaviours in order to attain certain goals. Responding to different stimuli received from its task environment, the agent may select and exhibit different behavioural patterns. The behavioural patterns may be carefully predefined or dynamically acquired by the agent based on some learning and adaptation mechanism(s). In order to achieve structural flexibility, reliability through redundancy, adaptability, and reconfigurability in real-world tasks, some researchers have started to address the issue of multiagent cooperation. Broadly speaking, the power of autonomous agents lies in their ability to deal with unpredictable, dynamically changing environments. Agent-based systems are becoming one of the most important computer technologies, holding out many promises for solving real-world problems. The aims of this book are to provide a guided tour to the pioneering work and the major technical issues in agent research, and to give an in-depth discussion on the computational mechanisms for behavioural engineering in autonomous agents. Through a systematic examination, the book attempts to provide the general design principles for building autonomous agents and the analytical tools for modelling the emerged behavioural properties of a multiagent system.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Behavioral Modeling, Planning, and Learningp. 31
Synthetic Autonomyp. 73
Dynamics of Distributed Computationp. 109
Self-Organized Autonomy in Multi-Agent Systemsp. 141
Autonomy-Oriented Computationp. 181
Dynamics and Complexity of Autonomy-Oriented Computationp. 223
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9789810242824
ISBN-10: 9810242824
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 17th August 2001
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Country of Publication: SG
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54

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