A Dynamic Coordination Mechanism Using Adjustable Autonomy

  • Bob van der Vecht
  • Frank Dignum
  • John-Jules Ch. Meyer
  • Martijn Neef
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4870)


Agents in an organization need to coordinate their actions in order to reach the organizational goals. This research describes the relation between types of coordination and the autonomy of actors. In an experimental setting we show that there is not one best way to coordinate in all situations. The dynamics and complexity of, for example, crisis situations require a crisis management organization to work with dynamic types of coordination. In order to reach dynamic coordination we provide the actors with adjustable autonomy. Actors should be able to make decisions at different levels of autonomy and reason about the required level. We propose a way to implement this in a multi-agent system. The agent is provided with reasoning rules with which it can control the external influences on its decision-making.


Multiagent System Reasoning Process Coordination Mechanism Reasoning Rule Coordination Type 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bob van der Vecht
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frank Dignum
    • 2
  • John-Jules Ch. Meyer
    • 2
  • Martijn Neef
    • 1
  1. 1.TNO DefenceSafety and SecurityThe Hague
  2. 2.Department of Information and Computing SciencesUniversiteit UtrechtUtrecht

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