1. Teamwork in Multi-Agent Environments

  1. Barbara Dunin-Kȩplicz Ph.D. Professor1 and
  2. Rineke Verbrugge Ph.D. Professor2

Published Online: 6 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665237.ch1

Teamwork in Multi-Agent Systems: A Formal Approach

Teamwork in Multi-Agent Systems: A Formal Approach

How to Cite

Dunin-Kȩplicz, B. and Verbrugge, R. (2010) Teamwork in Multi-Agent Environments, in Teamwork in Multi-Agent Systems: A Formal Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665237.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Warsaw University and Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

  2. 2

    University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 JUN 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Agent Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Michael Wooldridge

Series Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470699881

Online ISBN: 9780470665237



  • autonomous agents;
  • multi-agent systems (MASs);
  • teamlog;
  • teamwork


Multi-agent systems (MASs) are computational systems in which a collection of loosely-coupled autonomous agents interact in order to solve a given problem. As this problem is usually beyond the agent’s individual capabilities, agents exploit their ability to communicate, cooperate, coordinate and negotiate with one another. The agent’s behavior is explained and predicted by means of mental states such as beliefs, desires, goals, intentions and commitments. TeamLog builds on individual goals, beliefs and intentions of cooperating agents, addressing the question what it means for group of agents to have a collective intention, and then a collective commitment to achieve a common goal. The explicit model of teamwork provided by the TeamLog helps the team to monitor its performance and to re-plan based on the present situation. In the TeamLog, intentions are viewed as an inspiration for goal directed activity, reflected in strongest motivational attitudes, that is in social and collective commitments.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

multi-agent systems; team working