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
Distributed artificial intelligence (DAI) has grown rapidly in recent years and continues to stimulate widespread research activity. Until now, however, no book has provided a comprehensive, unified treatment of DAI--forcing engineers, researchers, and students to comb the professional literature in search of pertinent information.

Foundations of Distributed Artificial Intelligence fills that gap.

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

The presentation is divided into four parts. Section one covers the fundamentals and necessary background material upon which the second section builds its discussion of communication, coordination, planning, and agency. The third part of the book focuses on the specifics of systems, testbeds, and software environments used in many industrial and practical applications--including ARCHON, IMAGINE, CooperA, AGenDA, TæMS, and Agent Factory. Finally, the book devotes an entire segment to related areas of scientific inquiry, from philosophy and the social sciences to interface design issues for DAI systems. Throughout, the contributors offer real-world examples from their own research to describe various methods, solutions, and approaches in current practice; and relate the information to the larger body of work available on the subject.

For scientists, engineers, and graduate students involved in the study of this discipline, Foundations of Distributed Artificial Intelligence serves as an excellent introductory text, an extremely useful guide to current knowledge, and a bountiful source of ideas for further research.

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of distributed artificial intelligence, a field that has seen an explosion of research in recent years. The tremendous and growing interest in this field has underscored the need for an up-to-date, integrated reference accessible to both researchers and graduate students.

A comprehensive, unified treatment of this increasingly important area of research including contributions from an international group of leading experts, Foundations of Distributed Artificial Intelligence:
* Treats the various topics at both introductory and advanced levels
* Covers theory and applications, explaining in detail the principles underlying DAI
* Describes and correlates the main research areas of communication, coordination, planning, and agency
* Details specific strategies for the development of software used in building and experimenting with DAI systems
* Correlates DAI to the larger arena of scientific inquiry; particularly philosophy, organizational intelligence, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction
* Reviews major achievements in the field over the past twenty years
* 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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