Self-Organization in Multi Agent Systems: A Middleware Approach

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Self-Organization in Multi Agent Systems: A Middleware Approach
Self-organization is built upon two main building blocks: adaptive and uncoupled interaction mechanisms and context-awareness. Here we show how the middleware TOTA (Tuples On The Air) self-organization by providing effective abstractions for the above two building-blocks. TOTA relies on spatially distributed tuples for both supporting adaptive and uncoupled interactions between agents, and context-awareness. Agents can inject these tuples in the network, to make available some kind of contextual information and to interact with other agents. Tuples are propagated by the middleware, on the basis of application specific patterns, defining sorts of “computational fields”, and their intended shape is maintained despite network dynamics, such as topological reconfigurations. Agents can locally “sense” these fields and can rely on them for both acquiring contextual information and carrying on distributed self-organizing coordination activities. Several application examples in differ...
Marco Mamei, Franco Zambonelli
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Type Conference
Year 2003
Where ATAL
Authors Marco Mamei, Franco Zambonelli
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