<p>Multi-agent systems are nowadays an important and innovative research area in artificial intelligence and computer science. They are viewed as a computational paradigm to specify, design, and implement software systems for solving complex tasks in terms of interacting computational entities. These computational entities, called agents, are usually assumed to be heterogeneous, autonomous, self-interested, and situated in an environment. They can communicate and coordinate their activities to achieve their objectives. The environments in which individual agents are situated can be ordinary software environments (e.g., internet), physical environments (e.g., robot), or normative mechanisms (e.g., virtual organisation). Multi-agent system paradigm can be used to develop open and distributed applications such as multi-robot systems, on-line auctions, virtual organizations, electronic institutions, market places, and virtual games. Some of multiagent issues are: how agents communicate and interact with each other, how they coordinate their activities, how their activities can be organised, and what are characteristics of multiagent applications.
<p>This course builds on the Intelligent Agents course. In the intelligent agents course, various topics related to single agents are studied. This course focuses on multi-agent issues and will consist of lectures and student presentations. </br></br> <li>The lectures will cover the following topics:
<li> Game theory,
<li> Social choice,
<li> Mechanism Design,
<li> Normative Multi-Agent Systems,
<li> The student prsentations will cover other multi-agent system issues such as:
<li> Logics for Multi-Agent Systems
<li> Multi-Agent Organisations and Electronic Institutions, <li> Normative Multi-Agent Systems, <li> Argumentation and Dialogues in Multi-Agent Systems <li> Multi-Agent Negotiation, <li> Communication and coordination in Multi-Agent Systems, <li> Development of Multi-Agent Systems </ul> Each student is expected to present some papers on one of the abovementioned topics.
<p>For the lectures, we use parts of the following book and some additional papers. The book is available on the internet, see:
<a href="http://www.masfoundations.org/">Multiagent Systems:
Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundation</a>