Infrastructures for the Environment of Multiagent Systems

Mirko Viroli, Tom Holvoet, Alessandro Ricci, Kurt Schelfthout, Franco Zambonelli

Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems 14(1), pages 49-60, July 2007
Danny Weyns, H. Van Dyke Parunak (eds.)
Special Issue: Environment for Multi-Agent Systems

The notion of environment is receiving an increasing attention in the development of multiagent applications. This is witnessed by the emergence of a number of infrastructures providing agent designers with useful means to develop the agent environment, and thus to structure an effective multiagent application. In this paper we analyse the role and features of such infrastructures, and survey some relevant examples. We endorse a general viewpoint where the environment of a multiagent systems is seen as a set of basic bricks we call environment abstractions, which information provide agents with services useful for achieving individual and social goals, and (ii) are supported by some underlying software infrastructure managing their creation and exploitation. Accordingly, we focus the survey on the opportunities that environment infrastructures provide to system designers when developing multiagent applications.

       Author = {Viroli, Mirko and Holvoet, Tom and Ricci, Alessandro and Schelfthout, Kurt and Zambonelli, Franco},
       Doi = {10.1007/s10458-006-9001-6},
       Editor = {Weyns, Danny and Parunak, H. Van Dyke},
       Issn = {1387-2532},
       Journal = {Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems},
       Month = jul,
       Note = {Special Issue: Environment for Multi-Agent Systems},
       Publisher = {Springer Netherlands},
       Title = {Infrastructures for the Environment of Multiagent Systems},
       Volume = 14,
       Number = 1,
       Pages = {49--60},
       Year = 2007

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