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Development of multi-agent systems requires means for specifying the structure of the tasks as well as the control, co-ordination and communications spanned by the agents of the system. The thesis provides a framework and formalism for expressing the structure of decision-making and information processing in terms of models to facilitate the design and analysis of multi-agent systems. A vital aspect in the construction of the formalism is how to handle complexity in control structure and information flow of multi-agent systems. The qualitative nature of decision-making processes and structural relations in multi-agent systems are investigated and described along a means-end dimension. Based on the formalism, a multi-agent system for solving a complex task is designed.

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Authors: KJAER-HANSEN J, Technical University of Denmark, Institute of Automatic Control Systems (DK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14952 EN (1993) 156 pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from Joint Research Centre, Publication Department, I-21020 Ispra (Va.) (IT)
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