Aggregate plans for multiagent systems

Mirko Viroli, Danilo Pianini, Alessandro Ricci, Angelo Croatti

International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering 4(5), pages 336-365,  2017
Inderscience Publishers

We introduce the notion of 'aggregate plan', as a specification of the collective behaviour of a team of agents embedded in space. Aggregate plans are managed by self-organisation: they can be spread from a source agent, get iteratively diffused to the whole MAS, and be dynamically selected and carried on by each agent based on its local deliberation process. This approach is rooted on the aggregate computing paradigm, recently introduced to address open, dynamic, and large-scale scenarios of pervasive computing and IoT. We define the approach, describe the underlying computational mechanisms, discuss its expressiveness, and present an example of people rescuing in disaster scenarios.

Author = {Viroli, Mirko and Pianini, Danilo and Ricci, Alessandro and Croatti, Angelo},
Issn = {1746-1375},
Issn-Online = {1746-1383},
Journal = {International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering},
Number = 5,
Volume = 4,
Pages = {336--365},
Publisher = {Inderscience Publishers},
Title = {Aggregate plans for multiagent systems},
Year = 2017}

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