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Course: Multi-Agent Systems
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Lecturer: Keith Decker

This course introduces students to the fields of Multi-Agent Systems and Distributed Artificial Intelligence, which deal with the issues that arise when groups or societies of autonomous agents (usually computer programs but sometimes people too) interact to solve interrelated problems. These agents may be self-interested or cooperating to solve a shared problem. Important issues include reasoning about the knowledge & beliefs of other agents; high-level communication & negotiation protocols; the organization, coordination, and control of complex, distributed computation. Applications include internet information gathering, electronic commerce, and workflow management in areas such as finance, bioinformatics, etc...

Duration: 1 Semester
Offered by regular staff members?: Yes
Average number and education level of students: 30

Suggested Literature:
Multiagent Systems: A Modern Approach to Distributed Artificial Intelligence,
edited by Gerhard Weiss, MIT Press, 1999. ISBN 0-262-23203-0


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