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Multi-Agent Systems University “Politehnica” of Bucarest Spring 2011 Adina Magda Florea curs.cs.pub.ro
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Course goals Multi-agent systems (MAS) may be viewed as a collection of distributed autonomous artifacts capable of accomplishing complex tasks through interaction, coordination, collective intelligence and emergence of patterns of behavior. By the end of this course, you will know: what are the basic ideas, models, and paradigms offered by intelligent agents and MAS; build multi-agent systems or select the right MAS framework for solving a problem use the agent technology in different areas of applications what do agents bring as compared to distributed processing or object oriented software development.
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Course content What are agents and MAS? Agent architectures Communication Knowledge representation Distributed planning Coordination Auctions Negotiation Agent oriented programming MAS learning Agents and web services Agents and MAS applications
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Course requirements Course grades Mid-term exam 20% Final exam 30% Course activity 10% Projects 20% Laboratory 20% Requirements: min 7 lab attendances, min 50% of term activity (mid-term ex, projects, lab) Academic Honesty Policy It will be considered an honor code violation to give or use someone else's code or written answers, either for the assignments or exam tests. If such a case occurs, we will take action accordingly.
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Lecture 1: Introduction Motivation for agents Definitions of agents agent characteristics, taxonomy Agents and objects Multi-Agent Systems Agent’s intelligence Areas of R&D in MAS Exemplary application domains
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Motivations for agents Large-scale, complex, distributed systems: understand, built, manage Open and heterogeneous systems - build components independently Distribution of resources Distribution of expertise Needs for personalization and customization Interoperability of pre-existing systems / integration of legacy systems 6
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Agent? The term agent is used frequently nowadays in: Sociology, Biology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, and Computer Science AI Why agents? What are they in Computer Science? Do they bring us anything new in modelling and constructing our applications? Much discussion of what (software) agents are and of how they differ from programs in general 7
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What is an agent (in computer science)? There is no universally accepted definition of the term agent and there is a good deal of ongoing debate and controversy on this subject It appears that the agent paradigm is one necessarily endowed with intelligence . Are all computational agents intelligent?
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