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

ECAI-2002 Conference Paper

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Evolutionary Computation in MAS design

Carles Sierra, Jordi Sabater, Jaume Agusti, Pere Garcia

This paper explores the existing gap between multiagent specification and implementation and the potential help that evolutionary programming techniques can bring in. We present a methodology to help the programmer in the transition from a set of desired global properties expressed as an equation-based model that a Multi-Agent System (MAS) must fullfil to an actual society of interacting agents. The evolutionary techniques are seen, within this methodology, as a procedure to tune the parameters of the population of agents in order that their aggregated behaviour maximaly approaches the desired global properties.

Keywords: Multi-Agent Systems, Design, Genetic Algorithms

Citation: Carles Sierra, Jordi Sabater, Jaume Agusti, Pere Garcia: Evolutionary Computation in MAS design. In F. van Harmelen (ed.): ECAI2002, Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2002, pp.188-192.

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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.