Making a Case for Multi-Agent Systems

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Author(s): Fredrik Ygge, Hans Akkermans
Title: Making a Case for Multi-Agent Systems
Series: Research Report
Year: 1997
Issue: 4
ISSN: 1103-1581
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Dept. of Computer Science and Business Administration (Institutionen för datavetenskap och ekonomi)
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Language: English
Abstract: Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) promise to offer solutions to problems were established, older paradigms fall short. To be able to keep promises, however, in-depth studies of advantages and weaknesses of MAS solutions versus conventional ones in practical applications are needed. In this paper we offer one such study. Climate control in
large buildings is one application area where MAS, and market-oriented programming in particular, have been reported to be very successful.
We have therefore constructed and implemented a variety of market designs for this problem, as well as different standard control engineering solutions. This paper gives a detailed analysis and comparison, so as to learn about differences between standard versus MAS approaches, and yielding new insights about benefits and limitations of computational markets.
Subject: Computer Science\Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science\Distributed Computing
Keywords: Mutli-Agent Systems, Resource Allocation, Building Environment Control
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-00016