Future Directions and Conclusion

  • Abdellah Bedrouni
  • Ranjeev Mittu
  • Abdeslem Boukhtouta
  • Jean Berger


Industrial applications and future commercial opportunities offer a useful perspective and provide the ability to identify key issues and future trends for multi-agent research in coordination. This chapter focuses on highlighting discrepancies between current and future needs and existing coordination technologies. In this context, it is organized to draw attention to potential directions and opportunities for future research, and discusses a wide range of open and emerging issues pertaining to multi-agent coordination.


Multiagent System Coalition Formation Virtual Organization Heterogeneous Agent Interaction Protocol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdellah Bedrouni
    • 1
  • Ranjeev Mittu
    • 2
  • Abdeslem Boukhtouta
    • 3
  • Jean Berger
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical & Industrial EngineeringConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Head, Intelligent Decision Support Section (Code 5584) Information Technology DivisionU.S. Naval Research LaboratoryWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Defence Research & Development Canada - ValcartierDecision Support Technology SectionVal-BelairCanada

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