15th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
  July 21-26 2002     Lyon     France  
   

ECAI-2002 Conference Paper

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Avoiding Resource Conflicts in Intelligent Agents

John Thangarajah, Michael Winikoff, Lin Padgham, Klaus Fischer

An intelligent agent should be rational, in particular it should at least avoid pursuing goals which are definitely conflicting. In this paper we focus on resource conflict in agents that use a plan library organised around goals. We characterise different types of resources and define resource requirements summaries. We give algorithms for deriving resource requirements, using resource requirements to detect conflict, and maintaining dynamic updates of resource requirements. We also discuss ways of resolving resource conflict. Our approach does not represent time, rather it keeps resource summaries current. This enables an agent's decisions to be made on the basis of up-to-date information and allows us to develop efficient runtime (online) algorithms.

Keywords: Autonomous Agents, Automated Reasoning, Multi-Agent Systems

Citation: John Thangarajah, Michael Winikoff, Lin Padgham, Klaus Fischer: Avoiding Resource Conflicts in Intelligent Agents. In F. van Harmelen (ed.): ECAI2002, Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2002, pp.18-22.


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ECAI-2002 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the UniversitÚ Claude Bernard and INSA, Lyon, on behalf of Association Franšaise pour l'Intelligence Artificielle.