Autonomous Dynamic Reconfiguration in Multi-Agent Systems: Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Collaborative Problem Solving (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 6, 2002 - Business & Economics - 284 pages
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High communication efforts and poor problem solving results due to restricted overview are two central issues in collaborative problem solving. This work addresses these issues by introducing the processes of agent melting and agent splitting that enable individual problem solving agents to continually and autonomously reconfigure and adapt themselves to the particular problem to be solved.

The author provides a sound theoretical foundation of collaborative problem solving itself and introduces various new design concepts and techniques to improve its quality and efficiency, such as the multi-phase agreement finding protocol for external problem solving, the composable belief-desire-intention agent architecture, and the distribution-aware constraint specification architecture for internal problem solving.

The practical relevance and applicability of the concepts and techniques provided are demonstrated by using medical appointment scheduling as a case study.

  

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Contents

Overview
3
Basics of Collaborative Problem Solving
9
Distributed Constraint Problems
27
Autonomous Dynamic Reconfiguration
59
List of Algorithms and Interfaces
87
Multiagent System Infrastructure
95
External Constraint Problem Solving
115
Composable BDI Agents
139
Controlling Agent Melting and Agent Splitting
191
Evaluation
217
Conclusion and Future Work
235
A Symbols and Abbreviations
241
B An XMLEncoded Request Message
249
Initialization of the Hospital Scenario Generator
259
References
265
Subject Index
281

for Medical Appointment Scheduling
157
Internal Constraint Problem Solving
167

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