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Principles of Practice in Multi-Agent Systems

Volume 5925 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 571-578

Designing Agent Behaviour in Agent-Based Simulation through Participatory Method

  • Patrick TaillandierAffiliated withIRD, UMI UMMISCO 209IFI, MSI, UMI 209
  • , Elodie BuardAffiliated withCOGIT IGNUMR Géographie Cités

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Abstract

Agent-based simulation has demonstrated its usefulness for the modelling of complex systems. However, the simulation widely depends on the agent behaviour designing. In order to facilitate the definition of such behaviour, we propose an approach based on a participatory method: a domain expert directly enters his knowledge about entities in a specific environment. In this paper, we propose to formalise the agent behaviour by using a combination of production rules and of a multi-criteria decision making method. An experiment, carried out in the domain of ecological simulation, is presented. This first experiment shows promising results for our approach.

Keywords

multi-agent simulation agent behaviour design participatory method multi-criteria decision making ecological simulation