Publication - Real-Time Meta-Level Control in Multi-Agent Systems

Authors: Raja, A.; Lesser, V
Title: Real-Time Meta-Level Control in Multi-Agent Systems
Abstract: Open environments are characterized by their uncertainty and non-determinism. Sophisticated agents operating in these environments must reason about their local problem solving activities, interact with other agents, plan a course of action and carry out actions in the face of limited resources and uncertainty about action outcomes and the actions of other agents, all in real-time. Many efficient architectures and algorithms that support these activities have been developed and studied. However, none of these architectures explicitly reason about the consumption of time and other resources by control activities such as scheduling and coordination, which may degrade and agentís performance. This paper describes work in progress to define and build a meta-level control framework which will account for the cost of making appropriate decisions about these control activities, without consuming significant resources in the process.
Keywords: Agent Control, Learning, MDP, Multi-Agent Systems
Publication: Proceedings of Multi-Agent Systems and Applications - ACAI 2001 & EASSS 2001 Student Sessions. (Also: Proceedings of Adaptability and Embodiment Using Multi-Agent Systems: AEMAS 2001 Workshop)
Location: Prague
Date: 2001
Sources: PS: /Documents/araja/EASSS01.ps
PDF: /Documents/EASSS01.pdf
Reference: Raja, A.; Lesser, V. Real-Time Meta-Level Control in Multi-Agent Systems. Proceedings of Multi-Agent Systems and Applications - ACAI 2001 & EASSS 2001 Student Sessions. (Also: Proceedings of Adaptability and Embodiment Using Multi-Agent Systems: AEMAS 2001 Workshop). 2001.
bibtex:
@article{Raja-209,
  author    = "A. Raja and V Lesser",
  title     = "{Real-Time Meta-Level Control in Multi-Agent
               Systems}",
  journal   = "Proceedings of Multi-Agent Systems and
               Applications - ACAI 2001 \& EASSS 2001 Student
               Sessions. (Also: Proceedings of Adaptability and
               Embodiment Using Multi-Agent Systems: AEMAS 2001
               Workshop)",
  year      = "2001",
  address   = "Prague",
  url       = "http://mas.cs.umass.edu/paper/209",
}