Conflicting Agents: Conflict Management in Multi-Agent Systems

Conflicting Agents: Conflict Management in Multi-Agent Systems




Conflicts between agents acting in a multi-agent environment arise for different reasons, involve different concepts, and are dealt with in different ways, depending on the kind of agents and on the domain where they are considered. Agents may have conflicting beliefs, conflicting goals, or may have to share limited resources. Consequently, conflicts may be expressed as mere differences, or as contradictions, or even as social conflicts. They may be avoided, solved, kept or even created deliberately. This volume studies conflicts in the context of multi-agent systems, for example, artificial societies modelled on the basis of autonomous, interacting agents. The book addresses questions about types of conflicts, conflict definitions and the use of conflicts as trigger functions for activities in multi-agent systems. The book is also dedicated to questions of conflict management, resolution and avoidance, for example, the question of how agents cope with conflicts and conflicting situations.



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Published 01 January 2000
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1 Agents’ conflicts: new issues Catherine Tessier Heinz-Jürgen Müller Humbert Fiorino Laurent Chaudron 1.Introduction 2.About conflicts in general 3.Two classes of conflicts 4.Towards a unified definition of conflict? 5.Conflict ha ndling 6.Overview of the book
Part I
Conflicts and agents: essentials
2 Conflicts within and for collaboration Cristiano Castelfranchi and Rino Falcone 1.Introduction 2.A plan-based theory of delegation/adoption 3.Types and levels of delegation and related conflicts 4.Levels of control and relative conflicts 5.Adoption and conflict 6.Delegation roles and conflicts 7.Tutorial and paternalistic conflicts 8.Functional violations of norms and commitments 9.Conclusions
3 Their problems are my problems Markus Hannebauer 1.Introduction 2.Internal Conflicts 3.External Conflicts
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4.Autonomous Dynamic Reconfiguration 5.Related Work 6.Conclusions Appendix
4 Conflicts in social theory and MAS Thomas Malsch Gerhard Weiss 1.Introduction 2.Different reasons for studying conflicts 3.autopoietic social systemsConflicts in the sociology of 4.Conflict in pragmatist sociology 5.Conflict and social change 6.Conclusion
Part II Conflicts of operational agents
5 Conflicts in agent teams Hyuckchul Jung and Milind Tambe 1.Introduction 2.Domains and motivations 3.Teamwork model 4.A rg u m e n t representation and evaluation 5.CONSA approach 6.Detailed example of implementation 7.Related work 8.Summary and future work
6 Conflict-based behaviour emergence in robot teams Jacques Penders 1.Introduction 2.Team behaviour 3.Interaction: collisions and conflicts 4.Avoiding robots 5.Conclusion
7 Conflicts in collective robotics Fabrice Chantemargue 1.Conflict in Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Artificial Intelli-gence 2.basic conceptsAutonomous agents: 3.Our view on emergence 4.An experimental multi-agent testbed 5.Results 6.Conclusion
Application centered agents’ conflicts
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Contents 8 Strategic use of conflicts in tutoring systems223 Esma Aïmeur 1.Introduction223 2.Evolution of learning strategies in intelligent tutoring systems225 3.conflictsNotions of 227 4.Cooperation and conflicts in ITS232 5.Conflicts management235 6.Experimentation244 7.Results and discussion245 8.Conclusion and perspectives249 9 Conflict handling in collaborative search251 Jörg Denzinger 1.Introduction251 2.Search and multi-agent search253 3.Multi-Agent Search based on Improving on the Competition Ap-proach258 4.M u lti-A g e n t Search based on using a Common Search State263 5.M u l t i - A g e n t i v i d i n g Search based on D the Problem into Subproblems269 6.Conclusion276
10 Conflict as a heuristic in the development of an interaction mechanics William F. Lawless T. Castelão C.P. Abubucker 1.views of reality, R and convergenceIntroduction: traditional 2.Bistability 3.Solving ill-defined problems 4.Environmental remediation 5.The transition to interaction mechanics 6.Macro economics 7.Path forward 8.Conclusion
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