Detecting and exploiting positive goal interaction in intelligent agents

Thangarajah, J, Padgham, L and Winikoff, M 2003, 'Detecting and exploiting positive goal interaction in intelligent agents', in Proceedings of the Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Melbourne, Australia, 2003.


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Title Detecting and exploiting positive goal interaction in intelligent agents
Author(s) Thangarajah, J
Padgham, L
Winikoff, M
Year 2003
Conference name International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 2003
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Publisher ACM Press
Place of publication New York, USA
Abstract Rational agents typically pursue multiple goals in parallel. However most existing agent systems do not have any infrastructure support for reasoning about either positive or negative interactions between goals. Negative interactions include such things as competition for resources, which if unrecognised can lead to unnecessary failure of both goals requiring the resource. Positive interactions include situations where there is potentially a common subgoal of two goals. This paper looks at mechanisms for identifying potential common subgoals, and attempting to schedule the actions of the agent to take advantage of this. Potential common subgoals are identified by maintaining summaries of definite and potential effects of goals and plans to achieve those goals. Template summaries for goal types are produced at compile time, while instance summaries are maintained and updated at execution time to allow the agent to choose and schedule its plans to take advantage of potential commonality where possible. This increases the ability of the agent to act in a rational manner, where rational is loosely defined as the sensible behaviour exhibited by humans.
Subjects Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics
DOI - identifier 10.1145/860575.860640
Copyright notice © 2003 ACM
Additional Notes This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/860575.860640.
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