Can models of agents be transferred between different areas? 1
AYLETT a1, KERSTIN
DAUTENHAHN a2, JIM
DORAN a3, MICHAEL
LUCK a4, SCOTT
MOSS a5 and MOSHE
a1 National Industrial Centre for Virtual Environments, Business House, University of Salford, UK
a2 Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK
a3 Department of Computer Science, University of Essex, UK
a4 Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, UK
a5 Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
a6 William Davidson Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
One of the main reasons for the sustained activity and interest in the field of agent-based systems, apart from the obvious recognition of its value as a natural and intuitive way of understanding the world, is its reach into very many different and distinct fields of investigation. Indeed, the notions of agents and multi-agent systems are relevant to fields ranging from economics to robotics, in contributing to the foundations of the field, being influenced by ongoing research, and in providing many domains of application. While these various disciplines constitute a rich and diverse environment for agent research, the way in which they may have been linked by it is a much less considered issue. The purpose of this panel was to examine just this concern, in the relationships between different areas that have resulted from agent research. Informed by the experience of the participants in the areas of robotics, social simulation, economics, computer science and artificial intelligence, the discussion was lively and sometimes heated.
1 This report is the result of a panel discussion at the Workshop of the UK Special Interest Group on Multi-Agent Systems (UKMAS’98). All members of the panel are authors, listed alphabetically.