Shared focus of attention for heterogeneous agents

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Shared focus of attention for heterogeneous agents
A network of cooperating agents must be able to reach rough consensus on a set of topics for cooperation. With highly heterogeneous agents, however, incommensurable measures and imprecise translation render ordinary consensus algorithms inappropriate. I present a distributed mechanism for shared focus of attention that begins to address these problems, using an engineered emergence approach inspired by recent results on the dynamics of evolution in systems with spatial extent. Simulation shows that the algorithm converges in time proportional to the diameter of the network and gives a range of reasonable settings for the parameters. Categories and Subject Descriptors I.2.11 [Artificial Intelligence]: Distributed Artificial Intelligence--Multiagent Systems General Terms Algorithms Keywords Shared Focus of Attention, Heterogeneous Agents
Jacob Beal
Added 12 Oct 2010
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ATAL
Authors Jacob Beal
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