Special Issue “Advances in Multi-Agent Systems”: Editorial

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Applied Sciences 13(5), article 3027 (4 pages)
February 2023

Multi-agent systems (MAS) are collections of autonomous computational entities (the agents) capable of pro-actively pursuing goals and re-actively adapting to environment change. Agents in MAS exploit their social abilities, interacting with peers, and their situated capabilities as well, by perceiving and acting on the world around them. From distributed computing to intelligent systems, the relevance of agents and MAS as software abstractions is steadily growing as they are extensively and increasingly used to model, simulate, and build heterogeneous systems across a huge variety of diverse application scenarios and business domains, ranging from industrial manufacturing to robotics, from social simulation to applications, and more. The recent, renewed popularity of AI techniques has further spread the adoption of MAS, focusing in particular on the cognitive capabilities of agents, so that intelligent systems can be modelled and built as MAS. Along those lines, this Special Issue gathers five contributions that well represent the many diverse advancements that are currently ongoing in the MAS field.

keywordsmulti-agent systems; intelligent system engineering; agent-based simulation; machine learning
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page_white_acrobatSpecial Issue “Advances in Multi-Agent Systems” (special issue, 2023) — Andrea Omicini, Stefano Mariani