Foundations of Distributed Artificial Intelligence

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G. M. P. O'Hare, N. R. Jennings, Nick Jennings
John Wiley & Sons, 5 abr. 1996 - 576 páginas
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Distributed artificial intelligence (DAI) has grown rapidly inrecent years and continues to stimulate widespread researchactivity. Until now, however, no book has provided a comprehensive,unified treatment of DAI--forcing engineers, researchers, andstudents to comb the professional literature in search of pertinentinformation.

Foundations of Distributed Artificial Intelligence fills thatgap.

This up-to-date collection of contributions from around the globeexamines theoretical principles and practical applications,combines a broad view of the field with detailed examinations ofspecific research topics, and offers superb coverage at bothintroductory and advanced levels.

The presentation is divided into four parts. Section one covers thefundamentals and necessary background material upon which thesecond section builds its discussion of communication,coordination, planning, and agency. The third part of the bookfocuses on the specifics of systems, testbeds, and softwareenvironments used in many industrial and practicalapplications--including ARCHON, IMAGINE, CooperA, AGenDA,TæMS, and Agent Factory. Finally, the book devotes an entiresegment to related areas of scientific inquiry, from philosophy andthe social sciences to interface design issues for DAI systems.Throughout, the contributors offer real-world examples from theirown research to describe various methods, solutions, and approachesin current practice; and relate the information to the larger bodyof work available on the subject.

For scientists, engineers, and graduate students involved in thestudy of this discipline, Foundations of Distributed ArtificialIntelligence serves as an excellent introductory text, an extremelyuseful guide to current knowledge, and a bountiful source of ideasfor further research.

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment ofdistributed artificial intelligence, a field that has seen anexplosion of research in recent years. The tremendous and growinginterest in this field has underscored the need for an up-to-date,integrated reference accessible to both researchers and graduatestudents.

A comprehensive, unified treatment of this increasingly importantarea of research including contributions from an internationalgroup of leading experts, Foundations of Distributed ArtificialIntelligence:
* Treats the various topics at both introductory and advancedlevels
* Covers theory and applications, explaining in detail theprinciples underlying DAI
* Describes and correlates the main research areas ofcommunication, coordination, planning, and agency
* Details specific strategies for the development of software usedin building and experimenting with DAI systems
* Correlates DAI to the larger arena of scientific inquiry;particularly philosophy, organizational intelligence, cognitivescience, and human-computer interaction
* Reviews major achievements in the field over the past twentyyears
* Provides an extensive list of references and numerous resources
 

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Índice

An Overview of Distributed Artificial Intelligence
3
Logical Foundations of Distributed Artificial Intelligence
57
Distributed Artificial Intelligence Testbeds
119
Applications of Distributed Artificial Intelligence
139
COOPERATIONi COORDINATION
165
Coordination Techniques for Distributed Artificial
187
Negotiation Principles
211
Planning in Distributed Artificial Intelligence
231
The Evolution of the CooperA Platform
365
AGenDAA General Testbed for Distributed Artificial
401
A Framework for Environment Centered
436
An Environment for the Fabrication
449
RELATED DISCIPLINES
485
Organizational Intelligence and Distributed Artificial
505
EA Technology
541
Distributed Artificial Intelligence References
557

Agent Dynamics
247
DAI FRAMEWORKS AND THEIR
315
DAVID COCKBURN
319
An Integrated Environment for Constructing
345
Italy Department of Electronic
572
Dennis Kwek and Susanne Kalenka
573
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About the editors

G. M. P. O'HARE is a lecturer in the Department of Computation at UMIST, Manchester, England.

N. R. JENNINGS is a reader in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, where he heads the Distributed AI Unit. He is an internationally recognized authority on the design and implementation of multi-agent systems--having developed and deployed systems in a wide range of industrial and commercial environments. He has also made significant contributions to the theory of DAI systems--devising new models of cooperation and coordination.

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