Strategy-Based Learning through Communication with Humans

  • Nguyen-Thinh Le
  • Niels Pinkwart
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-30947-2_9

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7327)
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Le NT., Pinkwart N. (2012) Strategy-Based Learning through Communication with Humans. In: Jezic G., Kusek M., Nguyen NT., Howlett R.J., Jain L.C. (eds) Agent and Multi-Agent Systems. Technologies and Applications. KES-AMSTA 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7327. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In complex application systems, there are typically not only autonomous components which can be represented by agents, but humans may also play a role. The interaction between agents and humans can be learned to enhance the stability of a system. How can agents adopt strategies of humans to solve conflict situations? In this paper, we present a learning algorithm for agents based on interactions with humans in conflict situations. The learning algorithm consists of four phases: 1) agents detect a conflict situation, 2) a conversation takes place between a human and agents, 3) agents involved in a conflict situation evaluate the strategy applied by the human, and 4) agents which have interacted with humans apply the best rated strategy in a similar conflict situation. We have evaluated this learning algorithm using a Jade/Repast simulation framework. An evaluation study shows two benefits of the learning algorithm. First, through interaction with humans, agents can handle conflict situations, and thus, the system becomes more stable. Second, agents adopt the problem solving strategy which has been applied most frequently by humans.

Keywords

Agent-Human learning multi-agent systems machine learning evaluation 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nguyen-Thinh Le
    • 1
  • Niels Pinkwart
    • 1
  1. 1.Clausthal University of TechnologyGermany

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