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Multi-agent systems

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Course code:INFOMAS
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:periode 3 (week 6 t/m 15, dwz 6-2-2017 t/m 13-4-2017; herkansing week 27)
Participants:up till now 46 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris
college   di 11.00-12.457-14 UNNIK-222 Mehdi Dastani
do 13.15-15.008 RUPPERT-D
do 15.15-17.006 DDW-0.42 CLZ
7-11 BBG-165
12 BBG-205
13-14 BBG-165
week: 15do 13-4-201713.30-16.30 uurzaal: DAVID LLOYD-HAL3
week: 27do 6-7-201713.30-16.30 uurzaal: BBG-169aanvullende toets
Contents:This course focuses on multi-agent issues and will consist of lecture and seminar sessions.

  • The lectures will cover the following topics:
    • Game theory
    • Auctions
    • Communication
    • Social choice
    • Mechanism Design
    • Normative Multi-Agent Systems
  • The seminar sessions consists of student presentations and will cover other multi-agent system issues such as:
    • Logics for Multi-Agent Systems
    • Multi-Agent Organisations and Electronic Institutions
    • Normative Multi-Agent Systems
    • Argumentation and Dialogues in Multi-Agent Systems
    • Multi-Agent Negotiation
    • Communication and coordination in Multi-Agent Systems
    • Development of Multi-Agent Systems
    Each student is expected to present some papers on one of the abovementioned topics.
  • Literature:We use parts of the following books and some additional papers. The first book is available on the internet, see: The second book is available in the library and in my own room (BBG-521).
    Course form:Lectures + Student Presentations
    Exam form:Written Exams + Presentations
    Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn.
    Description:Multi-agent systems are nowadays an important and innovative research area in artificial intelligence and computer science. They are viewed as a computational paradigm to specify, design, and implement software systems for solving complex tasks in terms of interacting computational entities. These computational entities, called agents, are usually assumed to be heterogeneous, autonomous, self-interested, and situated in an environment. They can communicate and coordinate their activities to achieve their objectives. The environments in which individual agents are situated can be ordinary software environments (e.g., internet), physical environments (e.g., robot), or normative mechanisms (e.g., virtual organisation). Multi-agent system paradigm can be used to develop open and distributed applications such as multi-robot systems, on-line auctions, virtual organizations, electronic institutions, market places, and virtual games. Some of multiagent issues are: how agents communicate and interact with each other, how they coordinate their activities, how their activities can be organised, and what are characteristics of multiagent applications.