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Type of publication:Inproceedings
Entered by:MG
TitleThe Effect of Task and Environment Factors on M.A.S. Coordination and Reorganization
Bibtex cite IDghijsen07aamas
Booktitle Proceedings of the 6th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2007)
Year published 2007
Month May
Pages 526-528
Location 14-18 May 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Keywords agent coordination,multi-agent systems
Abstract
Research on organization of Multiagent Systems (M.A.S.) has shown that by adapting its organization, a M.A.S. is better able to operate in dynamic environments. In this paper we describe an experiment with a M.A.S. that consists of agents where the capability to reorganize is integrated in their coordination mechanism. In the RoboCupRescue simulator we have implemented a M.A.S. where work can be coordinated according to three different coordination styles; direct supervision and standardization of skills with and without a reorganization extension. An experiment shows the effects of unknown workload distribution and incomplete information on the performance of the three styles. Results show significant interaction effects between both workload distribution and coordination mechanism, and completeness of information and coordination mechanism. Furthermore, results show that standardization of skills with reorganization performs better and is more robust to heterogeneous workload distribution and incompleteness of information.
Authors
Ghijsen, Mattijs
Jansweijer, Wouter
Wielinga, Bob
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