Understanding Agent Systems

  • Mark d’Inverno
  • Michael Luck

Part of the Springer Series on Agent Technology book series (SSAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 1-13
  3. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 15-40
  4. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 41-69
  5. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 71-92
  6. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 93-125
  7. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 127-137
  8. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 139-153
  9. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 155-165
  10. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 167-181
  11. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 183-199
  12. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 201-212
  13. Mark d’Inverno, Michael Luck
    Pages 213-217
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 219-240

About this book


Since the first edition was published two years ago, much has been done on extend­ ing the work done on SMART to address new and important areas [3-5,54,79,80, 108-110,116,118-120,122]. In this second edition, we have revised, updated and corrected the existing text and added three new chapters. These chapters provide a broader coverage of the fie1d of agents, and show in more detail how the specific framework described can be used to examine other areas. In Chapter 6, we use the concepts of discovery to apply the framework to autonomous interaction in multi­ agent systems; in Chapter 10 we use it for considering normative agents and sys­ tems; and in Chapter 11 we describe work on an implementation and development environment. As a course text, the book can be considered in different parts, as follows. - Chapter I and Chapter 2 offer a basic introduction to agents and their core com­ ponents. - Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 cover relationships between agents and basic notions of cooperation for multi-agent systems. - Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 introduce sociological agents, which are needed for rea­ soning and planning, and their use in reasoning about communication and inter­ action. - Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 each cover different application areas relating to different aspects, inc1uding coordination (through the contract net), agent architecture (through AgentSpeak(L), social dependence networks, and normative systems.


Agent Architectures Agent Frameworks Agent Modeling Agent Relationships Agent Systems Agent-Based Systems BDI Agents Distributed Systems Formal Methods Formal Specification Multi-Agent Systems agents autonom formal method multi-agent system

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark d’Inverno
    • 1
  • Michael Luck
    • 2
  1. 1.Cavendish School of Computer ScienceUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Electronic s and Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07382-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-10702-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1619-7119
  • Series Online ISSN 1866-7333
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