MULTIAGENTS SYSTEMS

MULTIAGENTS SYSTEMS

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Code
90545
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 10852 COMPUTER SCIENCE (LM-18) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
INF/01
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (COMPUTER SCIENCE )
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Multiagent systems (MASs) have emerged as one of the most important areas of research and development in information technology. A MAS is composed of multiple interacting software components (agents) capable of cooperating to solve problems that are beyond the abilities of any individual member.

This course will introduce the students to the notion of an agent, and will lead them to understanding what an agent is, how they can be constructed, how agents can be made to cooperate effectively.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Getting acquainted with the concept of an agent and multiagent system, and learning how to design intelligent autonomous agents and how to deal with the main implementation issues.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completing this course, a student will:
-- understand the notion of an agent, how agents are distinct from other software paradigms (e.g., objects), and understand the characteristics of applications that lend themselves to an agent-oriented solution;
-- understand the key issues associated with constructing agents capable of intelligent autonomous action, and the main approaches taken to developing such agents;
-- understand the key issues and approaches to high-level communication in multiagent systems;
-- understand the main application areas of agent-based solutions.

Teaching methods

Traditional: frontal lessons and laboratories

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Introduction to agents and MASs
-- What is an agent, what is a MAS
-- History of agents and MASs
-- Agent-oriented software engineering

Communication as action
-- Foundations of the speech acts theory
-- Issues in communication
            
Agent-oriented programming (AOP): the foundations              
-- Jason
            
Agent-based modeling and simulation
-- NetLogo

MAS infrastructures         
-- JADE

Distributed AI: some classical issues 
-- Uninformed search
-- Informed search
-- Planning

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The slides and the teaching material provided during the course is enough for following it

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Appointment by email Office: Valle Puggia – third floor

Exam Board

VIVIANA MASCARDI (President)

FILIPPO RICCA

GIORGIO DELZANNO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Traditional: frontal lessons and laboratories

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam will consist in a written part (traditional open/closed questions and exercises) plus an individual project (requiring about 1 man/week to be completed). Each student will choose her/his most preferred project type and topic: as an example, a project might consist in writing a report on issues that have not been discussed in details during the course, or developing a SW component using one of the tools studied during the course, or experimenting with some new SW library/application and reporting the results of the experimentation to the teachers in a written document. In case of SW development, a short report accompanying the developed component is required. 

Assessment methods

The acquisition of the skills foreseen by this course are assessed via the written exam + the project which have been carefully designed to allow the teacher to verify whether a student is actually able to:
-- understand the notion of an agent, how agents are distinct from other software paradigms (e.g., objects), and understand the characteristics of applications that lend themselves to an agent-oriented solution;
-- understand the key issues associated with constructing agents capable of intelligent autonomous action, and the main approaches taken to developing such agents;
-- understand the key issues and approaches to high-level communication in multiagent systems;
-- understand the main application areas of agent-based solutions.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
24/07/2020 09:00 GENOVA Esame su appuntamento
18/09/2020 09:00 GENOVA Esame su appuntamento
12/02/2021 09:00 GENOVA Esame su appuntamento