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Multiagent Systems : A Modern Approach to Distributed Artificial Intelligence

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-07-31
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
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This is the first comprehensive introduction to multiagent systems and contemporary distributed artificial intelligence that is suitable as a textbook. The book provides detailed coverage of basic topics as well as several closely related ones. Unlike traditional textbooks, the book brings together many leading experts, guaranteeing a broad and diverse base of knowledge and expertise. It emphasizes aspects of both theory and application, and provides many illustrations and examples. Also included are thought-provoking exercises of varying degrees of difficulty and a twenty-page glossary of terms found in the study of agents, multiagent systems, and distributed artificial intelligence. The book can be used for teaching as well as self-study, and is designed to meet the needs of both researchers and practitioners. In view of the interdisciplinary nature of the field, it will be a useful reference not only for computer scientists and engineers, but for social scientists and management and organization scientists as well. Contributors: Gul A. Agha, Kathleen M. Carley, Jose Cuena, Edmund H. Durfee, Clarence Ellis, Les Gasser, Michael P. Georgeff, Michael N. Huhns, Toru Ishida, Nadeem Jamali, Sascha Ossowski, H. Van Dyke Parunak, Anand S. Rao, Tuomas W. Sandholm, Sandip Sen, Munindar P. Singh, Larry M. Stephens, Gerard Tel, Jacques Wainer, Gerhard Weiss, Michael J. Wooldridge, Makoto Yokoo.

Table of Contents

Contributing Authors xix
Preface xxi
Prologue 1(26)
Part I: Basic Themes
Intelligent Agents
Michael Wooldridge
Multiagent Systems and Societies of Agents
Michael N. Huhns
Larry M. Stephens
Distributed Problem Solving and Planning
Edmund H. Durfee
Search Algorithms for Agents
Makoto Yakoo
Toru Ishida
Distributed Rational Decision Making
Tuomas W. Sandholm
Learning in Multiagent Systems
Sandip Sen
Gerhard Weiss
Computational Organization Theory
Kathleen M. Carley
Les Gasser
Formal Methods in DAI: Logic-Based Representation and Reasoning
Munindar P. Singh
Anand S. Rao
Michael P. Georgeff
Industrial and Practical Applications of DAI
H. Van Dyke Parunak
Part II: Related Themes
Groupware and Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Clarence Ellis
Jacques Wainer
Distributed Models for Decision Support
Jose Cuena
Sascha Ossowski
Concurrent Programming for DAI
Gul A. Agha
Nadeem Jamali
Distributed Control Algorithms for AI
Gerard Tel
Glossary 583(26)
Subject Index 609

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