Summary: Dynamic Agencies and Multi-Robot Systems
Francesco Amigoni and Marco Somalvico
Politecnico di Milano Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Project, Dipartimento di Elettronica e Infor-
mazione, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano, Italy.
Abstract. The study of the development of cooperative multi-agent systems is an
issue of fundamental importance in the field of distributed artificial intelligence. We
present a new type of multi-agent system, called dynamic agency, that is aimed to
overcome the critical problem of having each agent performing both several specific
operation functions and one uniform cooperation function. Dynamic agency is built
up starting from fixed intelligent agents, providing only specific operative capabili-
ties, that are visited by an unique mobile intelligent agent, which provides uniform
cooperation, by duplicating itself on each fixed intelligent agent. The construction
of a dynamic agency and the resolution of a problem are realized in several steps
that are illustrated in the paper.
Key Words. Dynamic Agency, Co semi-agent, Fixed Intelligent Agent, Mobile
Intelligent Agent, Op semi-agent
The notion of agency has been proposed by Minsky (Minsky, 1985) for enabling an
artificial system to embed alternative paradigms in providing the same intellectual
function with different approaches.