© 1999

Co-ordination in Artificial Agent Societies

Social Structures and Its Implications for Autonomous Problem-Solving Agents


Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1535)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 1535)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Pages 1-14
  3. Pages 15-30
  4. Pages 65-69
  5. Pages 153-162
  6. Pages 163-189
  7. Pages 191-196
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 197-221

About this book


This monograph provides a comprehensive survey of the different approaches to coordination in societies of artificial an human agents. Setting out from a critical assessment of the state of the art, the author develops a method of structuring multi-agent applications with a mechanism called structural cooperation. Agents are equipped with expertise about their environment in order to detect and overcome specific types of problem, they make use of their social knowledge to mutually adjust their activities, and they are coerced toward coherent collective behavior through normative rules. The proposed model is formalized theoretically within game theory and realized by means of an agent architecture. It is assessed experimentally by building a prototype of a distributed decision support system for road traffic management and compared to an alternative model based on a centralized architecture.
A valuable feature of the work is that it not only promotes a well-founded formal model of coordination in artificial agent societies but also applies it in an operational software architecture organized as a society of intelligent agents to solve real-world problems.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Co-ordination in Artificial Agent Societies
  • Book Subtitle Social Structures and Its Implications for Autonomous Problem-Solving Agents
  • Authors Sascha Ossowski
  • Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-65495-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-49212-2
  • Series ISSN 0302-9743
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 228
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Software Engineering/Programming and Operating Systems
    Artificial Intelligence
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