This book deals with an important topic in distributed AI:the coordination of autonomous agents' activities. Itprovides a framework for modelling agents with planning andcommunicative competence.Important issues in the book are:- How to recognize and reconcile conflicting intentionsamong a collection of agents.- How to recognize and take advantage of favorableinteractions.- How to enable individual agents to represent and reasonabout the actions, plans, and knowledge of other agents inorder to coordinate with them.- When to call a set of plans coordinated and whatoperations are possible to transform uncoordinated plansinto coordinated ones.- How to enable agents to communicate and interact: whatcommunication languages or protocols to use, and what andwhen to communicate.The book is clearly written with many examples andbackground material.
Cooperation and cordination of intelligent agents.- Actions and plans in multiagent domains.- Multiagent plan relations.- Handling plan relations.- Negotiation for plan coordination.- A synthesized model of distributed planning by autonomous cooperating agents.- Plan coordination for office automation and computer-supported cooperative work.- Conclusions.
Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 24th June 1992
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.38