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CPSC 609: Foundations of Multi-Agent Systems - Materials


Sources on the Internet

At the moment there are only very few text books on multi-agent systems and none of them covers everything we will look into in this course. Therefore I want to provide you here with links to web sites and pages that are either of general interest to people interested in multi-agent systems or that contain additional information to topics, concepts, or methods I presented in the lectures.


Files to the course

I put together a list containing most of the papers that are mentioned in the lectures. Depending on discussions in the lectures, there might be a few additional papers that I will point out in subsequent lectures.

For the team assignment you will be using the ARES system. This link downloads a tar-file containing this system. We have produced an internal report on ARES that explains its components, usage and a little bit of our intentions behind it. Also, Jordan Kidney has kindly agreed to be available for questions.

The slides containing the general information on a particular topic that I use in the lectures will be available before the respective lectures here as Acrobat pdf-files (in two formats: one slide per page and the 6 slides per page handout).

Date handout format one slide per page
Jan. 15 Introduction Introduction
Jan. 17 Single-agent systems: basic definitions Single-agent systems: basic definitions
Jan. 24 Modeling agents Modeling agents
Feb. 5 Multi-agent systems: basic definitions Multi-agent systems: basic definitions
Feb. 12 Organizations and cooperative problem solving Organizations and cooperative problem solving
Feb. 26 Cooperation concepts Cooperation concepts
Mar. 4 Establishing organizations Establishing organizations
Mar. 6 Competitive environments: Intro Competitive environments: Intro
Mar. 13 Competitive environments: Modeling agents Competitive environments: Modeling agents
Mar. 13 Competitive environments: Creating environments Competitive environments: creating environments
Mar. 20 Coalitions Coalitions
Mar. 27 Learning: intro Learning: intro
Apr. 1 Learning in MAS: intrp Learning in MAS: intro
Apr. 3 Learning in MAS: The DFG-algorithm Learning in MAS: The DFG-algorithm
Apr. 5 Learning in MAS: The OLEMAS system Learning in MAS: The OLEMAS system
Apr. 15 Applications: the MARS system Applications: the MARS system

to the assignments of the course.

Last Change: 14/4/2008