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Agents, Multi-Agent Systems and Declarative Programming: What, When, Where, Why, Who, How?

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Agents, Multi-Agent Systems and Declarative Programming: What, When, Where, Why, Who, How?
This chapter tackles the relation between declarative languages and multi-agent systems by following the dictates of the five Ws (and one H) that characterize investigations. The aim is to present this research field, which has a long-term tradition, and discuss about its future. The first question to answer is “What? What are declarative agents and multi-agent systems?”. Therefore, we will introduce the history of declarative agent systems up to the state of the art by answering the question “When? When did research on them begin?”. We will, then, move to the question “Where? Where can it take place?”: in which kind of real applications and for which kind of problems declarative agents and MAS have already proven useful? Connected to where is “Why? Why should n?”. We will discuss the benefits of adopting the abstractions offered by declarative approaches for developing communication, interaction, cooperation mechanisms. We will compare with other technologies, main...
Matteo Baldoni, Cristina Baroglio, Viviana Mascard
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where AGP
Authors Matteo Baldoni, Cristina Baroglio, Viviana Mascardi, Andrea Omicini, Paolo Torroni
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