Contact: Jan Treur < >
Course: Component-Based Design of Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems
Lecturers: Jan Treur and Catholijn Jonker

Contents: In this course, participants learn to construct transparent, structured conceptual designs of multi-agent systems, to specify conceptual and detailed designs, and to transform specifications into implementations. In addition, participants learn to use graphical tools designed to support modelling, specification, implementation and testing of multi-agent systems. Participants are expected to be interested in the design and development of multi-agent systems, and to have had some experience in the development of information systems and/or knowledge-based systems.

Wednesday May 29

Introduction: Basic agent concepts and agent behaviour. Design principles, such as compositionality, re-use, information and process hiding. Different types of reactive and pro-active agent behaviour.
Practical session: a simple process control agent.

Thursday May 30

Compositional design: process composition and knowledge composition. Social agent behaviour. Information broker agents.
Practical session: simulation of pro-active and reactive behaviour.

Friday May 31

Interaction and dynamics. Autonomy and control of behaviour. Generic models of agents.
Practical session: Information Broker agent.

Monday June 3

Informational and motivational agents. Knowledge and reasoning capabilities. agents with explicit beliefs, desires and intentions. Reflective agents.
Practical session: co-operative information gathering agents.

Tuesday June 4

Reusable models and applications. Models for monitoring diagnosis and control. Co-operation and project co-ordination. Negotiating agents. Societies of agents.
Practical session: negotiating agents.

Duration: May 29 to Tuesday June 4, 2002
Offered by regular staff members?: Yes
Average number and education level of students: not known

Suggested Literature: TBA



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