Where should complexity go? Cooperation in complex agents with minimal communication


Bryson, J. J., 2002. Where should complexity go? Cooperation in complex agents with minimal communication. In: Truszkowski, W., Rouff, C. and Hinchey, M., eds. Innovative Concepts for Agent-Based Systems.Vol. 2564. Springer, pp. 303-319. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

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The 'Radical Agent Concept' in this chapter is that communication between agents in a MAS should be the simplest part of the system. When extensive real-time coordination between modules is required, then those modules should probably be considered elements of a single modular agent rather than as agents themselves. The advantage of this distinction is that system developers can then leverage standard software-engineering practices and more centralized coordination mechanism's to reduce the over-all complexity of the system. In this chapter I provide arguments for this point and also examples, both from nature and from my own research in building modular agents.


Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsBryson, J. J.
EditorsTruszkowski, W., Rouff, C. and Hinchey, M.
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
ID Code5599
Additional InformationID number: ISI:000185937000023


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