Desiderata in Agent Architectures for Coordinating Multi-Agent Systems
Agents for real applications often operate in complex, dynamic, and nondeterministic environments and thus need to function in worlds with exogenous events, other agents, and uncertain effects. In this paper, we present our reactive agent view to describe agents for real-world applications and introduce our two agent architectures: UM-PRS and Jam. UM-PRS has been applied to both physical robots and software agents and demonstrated its sufficiently powerful representation and control scheme as a general reactive agent architecture. The Jam agent architecture has evolved from UM-PRS and implemented in Java for maximum portability and mobility. We first identify agent tasks and environments and then highlight the relevant features in our agent architectures.
KeywordsFlexible Manufacture System World Model Plan Execution Agent Architecture Task Migration
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