Rachel A. Bourne, Cora B. Excelente-Toledo, Nicholas R. Jennings
This paper presents a framework that enables autonomous agents to dynamically select the mechanism they employ in order to coordinate their inter-related activities. Adopting this framework means coordination mechanisms move from the realm of being imposed upon the system at design time, to something that the agents select at run-time in order to fit their prevailing circumstances and their current coordination needs. Empirical analysis is used to evaluate the effect of various design alternatives for the agent's decision making mechanisms and for the coordination mechanisms themselves.
Keywords: distributed AI, multi-agent systems, coordination
Citation: Rachel A. Bourne, Cora B. Excelente-Toledo, Nicholas R. Jennings: Run-Time Selection of Coordination Mechanisms in Multi-Agent Systems. In W.Horn (ed.): ECAI2000, Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2000, pp.348-352.