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Multiagent Systems

  1. Xiaocong Fan

Published Online: 13 JUN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse506

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Fan, X. 2008. Multiagent Systems. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1–8.

Author Information

  1. The Pennsylvania State University, Erie, Pennsylvania

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 JUN 2008

Abstract

Multiagent systems offer a new way of analyzing, designing, and implementing large-scale, complex systems, and they have been applied in an increasing range of software applications. Here, we discussed the concept of shared mental models, multiagent architectures, coordination, communications, and helping behaviors, which are critical in developing team-based multiagent systems. This article certainly is not an exhaustive summary of MAS research; it simply covers a limited view of the MAS research from teamwork perspective. Readers are encouraged to refer to the key conferences in MAS area (such as AAMAS, KIMAS, IAT), which have been attracting a growing number of researchers to present, demonstrate, and share their systems and ideas.

Keywords:

  • distributed artificial intelligence;
  • shared mental model;
  • team behavior;
  • facilitator-based architecture;
  • generic layered architecture;
  • interagent communication