On agents' cooperative behavior based on potential field

Takashi Katoh, Kensaku Hoshi, Norio Shiratori

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    Abstract

    In multiagent system, it is important for agents to assess the situation prevailing in the system, especially to anticipate other agents' intentions. In this paper, we argue in favor of cooperation among agents and propose a new method to utilize potential field as a tool for estimation of the environment. In our method, potential of environment gives agents some criteria to assess environmental situations from their own perspective. The potential of each object represents its influence on the environment and the environmental potential, i.e., summation of each object's potential, represents global situation of the environment. Agents' decision of their behavior will be done by refining the policy obtained from potential. We use a trash collecting problem as an example to show the effectiveness of our method. Furthermore, we show the efficiency of our method by some sets of experiments of the trash collecting problem. We also discuss the applicability of our method to hybrid systems, environments where available information has a margin of error, or environments where agents' range of vision are limited.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Application (AINA)
    EditorsL. Barolli
    Pages149-154
    Number of pages6
    Volume2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventProceedings - 18th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications, AINA 2004 - Fukuoka
    Duration: 2004 Mar 292004 Mar 31

    Other

    OtherProceedings - 18th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications, AINA 2004
    CityFukuoka
    Period04/3/2904/3/31

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)

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    Katoh, T., Hoshi, K., & Shiratori, N. (2004). On agents' cooperative behavior based on potential field. In L. Barolli (Ed.), Proceedings - International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Application (AINA) (Vol. 2, pp. 149-154) https://doi.org/10.1109/AINA.2004.1283775