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  • Authors: Chen, Wei (2005)

  • Well coordinated behaviors greatly improve intelligent entities overall performance, while inappropriate coordination results in reduced system efficiency, unfinished core tasks, misuse of key resources, and even system crashes. Thus, coordination is a central research task in Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI). This dissertation discusses our way of approaching the coordination problem, which is to develop an extended set of coordination mechanisms to manage the inter-dependencies between the activities among multiple agents. This dissertation presents four steps to tackle this problem. First, formal representation: articulating a domain-independent approach for specifying a set of coordination mechanisms and representing the characteristics of the agents’ tasks and action...