Ad hoc teamwork for leading a flock

Katie Genter, Noa Agmon, Peter Stone

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Abstract

Designing agents that can cooperate with other agents as a team, without prior coordination or explicit communication, is becoming more desirable as autonomous agents become more prevalent. In this paper we examine an aspect of the problem of leading teammates in an ad hoc teamwork setting, where the designed ad hoc agents lead the other teammates to a desired behavior that maximizes team utility. Specifically, we consider the problem of leading a flock of agents to a desired orientation using a subset of ad hoc agents. We examine the problem theoretically, and set bounds on the extent of influence the ad hoc agents can have on the team when the agents are stationary. We use these results to examine the complicated problem of orienting a stationary team to a desired orientation using a set of non-stationary ad hoc agents. We then provide an empirical evaluation of the suggested solution using our custom-designed simulator FlockSim.

Original languageEnglish
Pages531-538
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2013
Event12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2013, AAMAS 2013 - Saint Paul, MN, United States
Duration: 6 May 201310 May 2013

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2013, AAMAS 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySaint Paul, MN
Period6/05/1310/05/13

Keywords

  • Ad Hoc Teamwork
  • Agent Cooperation
  • Coordination

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