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Aspects of Cooperating Agents

Johannes Stein
DFKI, DFKI Technical Memos (TM), Vol. 91-06, 1991.


An overview on aspects about cooperating agents is presented. As multiagent systems are various, we start with a classification of multiagent systems which is particularly influenced by an article from Decker, Durfee, and Lesser [Decker 89]. In the following, the aspects of communication, planning, and negotiation are examined. On the occasion of communication, the discussion is split into: no communication -- simple protocols -- artificial languages. The planning aspect is broken into sections: from classical to multiagent planning -- a general multiagent planning theory -- intention -- intention-directed multiagent planning. Finally, a summary of Brigitte and Hassan Lâasri and Victor Lesser's negotiation theory will be presented.