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Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 7-38

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A Roadmap of Agent Research and Development

  • Nicholas R. JenningsAffiliated withDepartment of Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary and Westfield College
  • , Katia SycaraAffiliated withSchool of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • , Michael WooldridgeAffiliated withDepartment of Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary and Westfield College

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of research and development activities in the field of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. It aims to identify key concepts and applications, and to indicate how they relate to one-another. Some historical context to the field of agent-based computing is given, and contemporary research directions are presented. Finally, a range of open issues and future challenges are highlighted.

autonomous agents multi-agent systems history