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Observation-based multi-agent planning with communication

Observation-based multi-agent planning with communication
Observation-based multi-agent planning with communication
Models of decentralized online planning vary in the information that individual agents use to make local action decisions. Some models consider only local observations, eschewing coordination through communication. Others use communication to ensure that all agents are aware of the action decisions of others, but assume costless and delay-free communication. In this paper, we propose a model of online planning (OB-MAP) that uses estimates of the value of communicating to manage coordination through communication as costs vary. We compare this approach to existing models in widely employed benchmark problems, demonstrating that OB-MAP performs significantly better in many scenarios regardless of varying (including infinite) cost of communication.
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444-452
IOS Press
Gasparini, Luca
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Norman, Timothy
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Kollingbaum, Martin J.
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Gasparini, Luca
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Norman, Timothy
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Kollingbaum, Martin J.
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Gasparini, Luca, Norman, Timothy and Kollingbaum, Martin J. (2016) Observation-based multi-agent planning with communication. In ECAI 2016. IOS Press. pp. 444-452. (doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-672-9-444).

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Abstract

Models of decentralized online planning vary in the information that individual agents use to make local action decisions. Some models consider only local observations, eschewing coordination through communication. Others use communication to ensure that all agents are aware of the action decisions of others, but assume costless and delay-free communication. In this paper, we propose a model of online planning (OB-MAP) that uses estimates of the value of communicating to manage coordination through communication as costs vary. We compare this approach to existing models in widely employed benchmark problems, demonstrating that OB-MAP performs significantly better in many scenarios regardless of varying (including infinite) cost of communication.

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Published date: 26 August 2016
Venue - Dates: 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Netherlands, 2016-08-26
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 403235
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/403235
PURE UUID: 573f6704-4abc-4d7c-8ea6-e8e58ee57192
ORCID for Timothy Norman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6387-4034

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Date deposited: 28 Nov 2016 16:46
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:19

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