A planning component for RETSINA agents

Massimo Paolucci, Onn Shehory, Katia Sycara, Dirk Kalp, Anandeep Pannu

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In the RETSINA multi-agent system, each agent is provided with an internal planning component—HITaP. Each agent, using its internal planner, formulates detailed plans and executes them to achieve local and global goals. Knowledge of the domain is distributed among the agents, therefore each agent has only partial knowledge of the state of the world. Furthermore, the domain changes dynamically, therefore the knowledge available might become obsolete. To deal with these issues, each agent’s planner allows it to interleave planning and execution of information gathering actions, to overcome its partial knowledge of the domain and acquire information needed to complete and execute its plans. Information necessary for an agent’s local plan can be acquired through cooperation by the local planner firing queries to other agents and monitoring for their results. In addition, the local planner deals with the dynamism of the domain by monitoring it to detect changes that can affect plan construction and execution. Teams of agents, each of which incorporates a local RETSINA planner have been implemented. These agents cooperate to solve problems in different domains that range from portfolio management to command and control decision support systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Agents VI
Subtitle of host publicationAgent Theories Architectures and Languages - 6th International Workshop, ATAL 1999 , Proceedings
EditorsNicholas R. Jennings, Yves Lesperance
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)3540672001, 9783540672005
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Workshop on Agent Theories Architectures and Languages, ATAL 1999 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 15 Jul 199917 Jul 1999

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Workshop on Agent Theories Architectures and Languages, ATAL 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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