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The study of multi-agent systems (MAS) focuses on systems in which many intelligent agents interact with each other. These agents are considered to be autonomous entities such as software programs or robots. Their interactions can either be cooperative (for example as in an ant colony) or selfish (as in a free market economy). This book assumes only basic knowledge of algorithms and discrete maths, both of which are taught as standard in the first or second year of computer science degree programmes. A basic knowledge of artificial intelligence would useful to help understand some of the issues, but is not essential. The books main aims are: To introduce the student to the concept of agents and multi-agent systems, and the main applications for which they are appropriate. To introduce the main issues surrounding the design of intelligent agents To introduce the main issues surrounding the design of a multi-agent society. To introduce a number of typical applications for agent technology


Multiagent systems are systems composed of multiple interacting computing elements, known as agents. Agents are computer systems with two important capabilities. First, they are at least to some extent capable of autonomous action – of deciding for themselves what they need to do in order to satisfy their design objectives. Second, they are capable of interacting with other agents - not simply by exchanging data, but by engaging in analogues of the kind of social activity that we all engage in our every day life: cooperation, coordination, negotiation, and the like.

Intelligent Autonomous Agents p.19

Deductive Reasoning Agents p.49

Practical Reasoning Agents p.65

Reactive and Hybrid Agents p.85

Communication and Cooperation p.105

Communicating p.131

Working Together p.151

Methodologies p.183

Applications p.201

Multiagent Decision Making p.221

Making Group Decisions p.253

Forming Coalitions p.269

Allocating Scarce Resources p.293

Bargaining p.315

Arguing p.337

Logical Foundations p.355

Coda p.391



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2009 AnIntroductiontoMultiAgentSysteMichael WooldridgeAn Introduction to MultiAgent Systems2009
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