Ιntelligent Agents and Multiagent Systems

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Objective

This course aims to introduce students one of the most vibrant and important areas of research and development to have emerged in information technology since 1990’s An agent is a computer system that is capable of flexible and autonomous behaviour in dynamic, unpredictable and typically multi-agent domains. The course aims to delve into the theoretical underpinnings and practical issues concerning these systems; provide a wide spectrum of agents technology, where agents serve as design metaphor for structuring complex computational systems, as a source of technologies (e.g. for electronic auctions, negotiations, learning etc), and as an emergent technology for simulating complex systems (e.g. social systems) and studying their emergent behaviours. The course is tailored towards major undergraduate and early graduate students who are ready to share the excitement.

Course Contents

  • Agents: Principles, architectures and application examples
  • Deliberation vs Reaction: Architectures
  • Mental attitudes, states and their representation
  • Multi-agent Systems: Interactions and dependencies
  • Multiagent organizations and communication
  • Cooperation and collaboration
  • Multi-Agent Learning

Main Bibliography

  • Michael Wooldridge, Introduction to MultiAgent Systems (In Greek), 2008.
  • N. Vlassis, A concise introduction to multiagent systems and distributed artificial intelligence, Morgan nd Claypool, 2007
  • Yoav Shoham, Kevin Leyton-Brown Multiagent Systems: Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundations, Cambridge University Press, 2009

Additional Bibliography

  • Gerhard Weiss, Multiagent Systems: A Modern Approach to Distributed Artificial Intelligence.
  • John Miller Scott Page, Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life (Princeton Studies in Complexity) , Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • David Easley, Jon Kleinberg, Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World, Cambridge University Press 2010.