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Formalisms for multi-agent systems

  • MARK D'INVERNO (a1), MICHAEL FISHER (a2), ALESSIO LOMUSCIO (a3), MICHAEL LUCK (a4), MAARTEN DE RIJKE (a4), MARK RYAN (a3) and MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE (a5)
  • Published online: 01 September 1997
Abstract

As computer scientists, our goals are motivated by the desire to improve computer systems in some way: making them easier to design and implement, more robust and less prone to error, easier to use, faster, cheaper, and so on. In the field of multi-agent systems, our goal is to build systems capable of flexible autonomous decision making, with societies of such systems cooperating with one-another. There is a lot of formal theory in the area but it is often not obvious what such theories should represent and what role the theory is intended to play. Theories of agents are often abstract and obtuse and not related to concrete computational models.

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This report is the result of a panel discussion at the First UK Workshop on Foundations of Multi-Agent Systems (FoMAS'96). All members of the panel are authors, listed alphabetically.
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The Knowledge Engineering Review
  • ISSN: 0269-8889
  • EISSN: 1469-8005
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