New Generation Computing

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 187–209

Distributed Computation Multi-agent System


DOI: 10.1007/s00354-012-303-8

Cite this article as:
Štula, M., Stipaničev, D. & Maras, J. New Gener. Comput. (2013) 31: 187. doi:10.1007/s00354-012-303-8


This article addresses a formal model of a distributed computation multi-agent system. This model has evolved from the experimental research on using multi-agent systems as a ground for developing fuzzy cognitive maps. The main paper contribution is a distributed computation multi-agent system definition and mathematical formalization based on automata theory. This mathematical formalization is tested by developing distributed computation multi-agent systems for fuzzy cognitive maps and artificial neural networks – two typical distributed computation systems. Fuzzy cognitive maps are distributed computation systems used for qualitative modeling and behavior simulation, while artificial neural networks are used for modeling and simulating complex systems by creating a non-linear statistical data model. An artificial neural network encapsulates in its structure data patterns that are hidden in the data used to create the network. Both of these systems are well suited for formal model testing. We have used evolutionary incremental development as an agent design method which has shown to be a good approach to develop multi-agent systems according to the formal model of a distributed computation multi-agent system.


Multi-agent System Formal Model of a Distributed Computation MAS Fuzzy Cognitive Map Artificial Neural Network Finite State Machine 

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© Ohmsha and Springer Japan 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval ArchitectureUniversity of SplitSplitCroatia

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