Foundations and Applications of Multi-Agent Systems: UKMAS by Keith Decker (auth.), Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck, Michael

By Keith Decker (auth.), Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck, Michael Fisher, Chris Preist (eds.)

This publication offers revised complete types of papers contributed to united kingdom Workshops on Multi-Agent platforms, UKMAS, in the course of 1996 and 2000.
From the early days of MAS examine, the united kingdom group has been a very effective one with quite a few key contributions. The 15 papers by means of the world over reputed researchers take care of numerous points of agent expertise, with a undeniable emphasis on foundational matters in multi-agent systems.

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Conf. on Multi-Agent Systems, ICMAS’00, pages 119–126, 2000. 6. Michael R. Genesereth and Richard E. Fikes. 0 reference manual. Technical Report Report Logic–92–1, Logic Group, Computer Science Department, Standford University, June 1992. 7. N. R. Jennings, P. Faratin, A. R. Lomuscio, S. Parsons, M. Wooldridge, and C. Sierra. Automated negotiation: Prospects, methods and challenges. Group Decision and Negotiation, 10:199–215, 2001. 48 Carles Sierra and Pablo Noriega 8. N. R. Jennings, P. Faratin, T.

In general, the activity represented by a performative structure can be depicted as a collection of multiple, concurrent scenes. Agents navigate from scene to scene constrained by the rules defining the relationships between scenes. Moreover, the same agent can potentially participate in multiple scenes at the same time. From a structural point of view, performative structures’ specifications must be regarded as networks of scenes. At execution time, a performative structure becomes populated by agents that make it evolve whenever these comply Agent-Mediated Interaction 41 with the rules encoded by the specification.

Auctions are, in a sense, degenerated negotiation dialogues where the only negotiable dimension is price. This is the reason why dialogues in auctions tend to be rather simple. To illustrate a slightly more complex type of negotiation, specially in terms of content of the illocutions, see in Figure 2 a standard negotiation protocol – the one we propose for supply chain negotiations – and compare it with the auction protocol in Figure 1. Fig. 2. Negotiation Protocol diagram. 32 Carles Sierra and Pablo Noriega The fact that we move from a one-dimensional space into a multi-dimensional one makes the agent interaction language change substantially.

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