Where should complexity go? Cooperation in complex agents with minimal communication

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Abstract

The 'Radical Agent Concept' in this chapter is that communication between agents in a MAS should be the simplest part of the system. When extensive real-time coordination between modules is required, then those modules should probably be considered elements of a single modular agent rather than as agents themselves. The advantage of this distinction is that system developers can then leverage standard software-engineering practices and more centralized coordination mechanism's to reduce the over-all complexity of the system. In this chapter I provide arguments for this point and also examples, both from nature and from my own research in building modular agents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Concepts for Agent-Based Systems
EditorsW Truszkowski, C Rouff, M Hinchey
PublisherSpringer
Pages303-319
Number of pages17
Volume2564
ISBN (Print)0302-9743
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer

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