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Intelligent Agents VI. Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages

Volume 1757 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 57-70

Incorporating Uncertainty in Agent Commitments

  • Ping XuanAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • , Victor R. LesserAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Abstract

Commitments play a central role in multi-agent coordination. However, they are inherently uncertain and it is important to take these uncertainties into account during planning and scheduling. This paper addresses the problem of handling the uncertainty in commitments. We propose a new model of commitment that incorporates the uncertainty, the use of contingency analysis to reduce the uncertainty, and a negotiation framework for handling commitments with uncertainty.