Biter: A Platform for the Teaching and Research of Multiagent Systems’ Design Using RoboCup

  • Paul Buhler
  • José M. Vidal
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2377)


We introduce Biter, a platform for the teaching and research of multiagent systems’ design. Biter implements a client for the RoboCup simulator. It provides users with the basic functionality needed to start designing sophisticated RoboCup teams. Some of its features include a world model with absolute coordinates, a graphical debugging tool, a set of utility functions, and a Generic Agent Architecture (GAA) with some basic behaviors such as “dribble ball to goal” and “dash to ball”. The GAA incorporates an elegant object-oriented design meant to handle the type of activities typical for an agent in a multiagent system. These activities include reactive responses, long-term behaviors, and conversations with other agents. We also discuss our initial experiences using Biter as a pedagogical tool for teaching multiagent systems’ design.


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    Biter: A robocup client.
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Buhler
    • 1
  • José M. Vidal
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer ScienceCollege of CharlestonCharleston
  2. 2.Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of South CarolinaColumbia

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