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AN ALGEBRAIC DESCRIPTION OF AGENCY DESIGN Francesco Amigoni*
 

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AN ALGEBRAIC DESCRIPTION OF AGENCY DESIGN
Francesco Amigoni*
, Mauro Villa**
Politecnico di Milano Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Project
Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione; Politecnico di Milano
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32; I-20133 Milano (MI); Italy
* email: amigoni@elet.polimi.it; tel: (39) 02 2399-3622; fax: (39) 02 2399-3411
** tel: (39) 02 2399-3622; fax: (39) 02 2399-3411
ABSTRACT
Multiagent systems are a matter of growing importance in distributed artificial intelligence. Whereas several
applications based on multiagent systems have been developed to address disparate fields, little work has
been done for the definition of general methodologies to develop multiagent systems. The purpose of this
paper is to present a formal description of the first phase of the design of a multiagent system, also called
agency. In particular, we formally represent the initial exigency that stimulates the realization of an agency,
the availability in terms of agents for constructing the agency, and the matching between the exigency and
the availability.
1 - INTRODUCTION
In the field of distributed computer science, in general, and of distributed artificial intelligence, in particular,
the role of complex multiagent systems composed of several simple entities, called agents, is assuming a

  

Source: Amigoni, Francesco - Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences