Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Agents and Multiagent Systems

AGS Acad. year 2018/2019 Summer semester 5 credits

Current academic year

Concepts of artificial agent and multiagent systems, reactive and rational agents. The basic architectures of agent systems, layered architecture, subsumptional architecture. Agent's mental states, intentional systems and their models. BDI system architectures, BDI programming in JASON and JACK. Communication in multiagent systems, KQML and ACL languages, the basic interaction protocols. Physical and mental conflicts, general approaches to conflict solving, voting, negotiation and argumentation. Behavior coordination and methods for distributed planning. Social aspects in MAS, obligations and norms. FIPA abstract platform, agent's life cycle. Development and realization of multiagent systems, GAIA methodology and JADE implementation tool.

Guarantor

Deputy Guarantor

Language of instruction

Czech

Completion

Examination

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 13 hrs pc labs, 13 hrs projects

Assessment points

60 exam, 20 half-term test, 20 projects

Department

Lecturer

Instructor

Šimek Václav, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)
Vídeňský František, Ing. (DITS FIT BUT)

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Course graduate gains knowledge about recent approaches to building models with intelligent autonomous entities - agents.

Generic learning outcomes and competences

Programming of agent systems and heterogeneous systems with agents, creation of intelligent systems using multiagent methodology and resolving conflicts with these methods

Learning objectives

The aim of this course is to acquaint students with principles of operations and with designs of systems with agents - autonomous intelligent entities and also with systems containing more such agents. Also to learn how to create such systems and how to programming particular elements there.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

It is necessary to have fundamental knowledge of formal logic, artificial intelligence, system modelling and programming for this course.

Study literature

  1. Shoham, Y, Leyton-Brown, K.: MULTIAGENT SYSTEMS Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundations,  Cambridge University Press, 2009
  2. Russel, S., Norvig, P.: Artificial Intelligence, a Modern Approach, Pearson Education Inc., 2003, ISBN 0-13-080302-2
  3. Wooldridge, M.: Reasoning about Rational Agents, 2000, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, ISBN 0-262-23213-8

Fundamental literature

  1. Russel, S., Norvig, P.: Artificial Intelligence, a Modern Approach, Pearson Education Inc.,  2003, ISBN 0-13-080302-2
  2. Wooldridge, M.: Reasoning about Rational Agents, 2000, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, ISBN 0-262-23213-8
  3. Shoham, Y, Leyton-Brown, K.: MULTIAGENT SYSTEMS Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundations,  Cambridge University Press, 2009
  4. Shaheen, F.; Kraus, S.; Wooldridge, M.:Principles of Automated Negotiation. Cambridge University Press, 2014

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction to distributed artificial intelligence. Concepts of agent, environment, agent classification.
  2. Fundamental architectures of reactive and deliberative agents. Situated automata, Subsumptional architecture.
  3. Formal approaches to the agent systems. Modal logics, Epistemic, Temporal, CTL and BDI logics.
  4. Rational agent, agent's mental states, IRMA, AgentSpeak(L), dMARS architectures.
  5. Agent Oriented Programming (AOP), system Agent-0
  6. Agent's programming in JASON
  7. Multiagent systems (MAS), general principles of cooperation and conflict solving, game theory for multiagent systems.
  8. Communication in MAS, KQML and ACL languages, interaction protocols.
  9. Negotiation, argumentation, voting. Algorithms, protocols and examples. 
  10. FIPA abstract architecture. Programming in JADE
  11. Collaborative planning, mutual decisioning.
  12. MAS modelling. Agent's roles, AUML, GAIA, Prometheus.
  13. Realization of MAS for small devices, mobile agents and their security.

 

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  1. Programming in JASON 1
  2. Programming in JASON 2
  3. Programming in JADE 1
  4. Programming in JADE 2
  5. Programming in JACK 1
  6. Programming in JACK 2

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

Individual project - design of an agent / essay on agent-relating topic.

Progress assessment

  • Mid-term written examination - 20 points.
  • Project - 20 points.
  • Final written examination - 55 points; The minimal number of points necessary for successful clasification is 15  

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MBI, any year of study, Compulsory-Elective group I
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MBS, MGM, MMI, MPV, MSK, any year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MIN, 1st year of study, Compulsory
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MIS, any year of study, Compulsory-Elective group C
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MMM, any year of study, Compulsory-Elective group N
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