Title: A coordination language for agents interacting in distributed plan-execute cycles

Authors: W. De Vries, J-J.Ch. Meyer, F.S. De Boer, W. Van der Hoek

Addresses: Intelligent Systems Group, Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80.089, 3508 TB, Utrecht, The Netherlands. ' Intelligent Systems Group, Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80.089, 3508 TB, Utrecht, The Netherlands. ' Intelligent Systems Group, Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80.089, 3508 TB, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Department of Software Engineering, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI), Kruislaan 413, P.O. Box 94079, 1090 GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Universiteit Leiden Niels Bohrweg 1, 2333 CA Leiden, The Netherlands. ' Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, UK

Abstract: An architecture is proposed for agents to coordinate formation and execution of plans. Along with the architecture, a new coordination language is introduced that agents may employ to form temporary alliances for planning and plan execution. This language is based on ideas from constraint programming and a formal operational semantics is given for it.

Keywords: multi-agent systems; MAS; agent-based systems; coordination language; planning; constraint programming; operational semantics; distributed plan-execute cycles; plan execution.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRIS.2009.026713

International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems, 2009 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.4 - 17

Published online: 24 Jun 2009 *

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