Foundations of Distributed Artificial Intelligence

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G. M. P. O'Hare, N. R. Jennings
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 5, 1996 - Computers - 592 pages
Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) is a dynamic area of research and this book is the first comprehensive, truly integrated exposition of the discipline presenting influential contributions from leaders in the field. Commences with a solid introduction to the theoretical and practical issues of DAI, followed by a discussion of the core research topics--communication, coordination, planning--and how they are related to each other. The third section describes a number of DAI testbeds, illustrating particular strategies commissioned to provide software environments for building and experimenting with DAI systems. The final segment contains contributions which consider DAI from different perspectives.
 

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Contents

Distributed Artificial Intelligence Testbeds
119
Industry
139
COOPERATION COORDINATION
165
Coordination Techniques for Distributed Artificial
187
Planning in Distributed Artificial Intelligence
231
Intelligence Systems
269
Principles
290
Jacques Ferber
315
AGenDAA General Testbed for Distributed Artificial
401
A Framework for Environment Centered
429
An Environment for the Fabrication
449
RELATED DISCIPLINES
485
Organizational Intelligence and Distributed Artificial
505
EA Technology
543
Distributed Artificial Intelligence References
557
Italy Department of Electronic
572

DAVID COCKBURN Germany
319
An Integrated Environment for Constructing
345
The Evolution of the Coopera Platform
365

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G. M. P. O'HARE is a lecturer in the Department of Computation at UMIST, Manchester, England.

N. R. JENNINGS is a reader in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, where he heads the Distributed AI Unit. He is an internationally recognized authority on the design and implementation of multi-agent systems--having developed and deployed systems in a wide range of industrial and commercial environments. He has also made significant contributions to the theory of DAI systems--devising new models of cooperation and coordination.

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