The Knowledge Engineering Review

Review Article

Progress in multi-agent systems research 1

a1 Department of Computer Science, University of Wales Cardiff, PO Box 916, Cardiff CF24 3XF, United Kingdom
a2 Hewlett Packard Labs, Filton Road, Bristol BS12 6QZ, UK
a3 Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, UK


Continuing the series of workshops begun in 1996 (Luck, 1997; Doran et al., 1997; d'Inverno et al., 1997; Fisher et al., 1997) and held in each of the two years since (Luck et al., 1998; Aylett et al., 1998; Binmore et al., 1998; Decker et al., 1999; Beer et al., 1999), the 1999 workshop of the UK Special Interest Group on Multi-Agent Systems (UKMAS'99) took place in Bristol in December. Chaired and organised by Chris Preist of Hewlett Packard Laboratories, with support from both HP and BT Laboratories, the workshop brought together a diverse range of participants, from the agent community in both the UK and abroad, to discuss and present work spanning all areas of agent research. Although dominated by computer scientists, also present at the meeting were electronic engineers, computational biologists, philosophers, sociologists, statisticians, game-theorists, economists and behavioural scientists, with both academia and industry well represented. Indeed, numbers attending these workshops continue to grow, reflecting the continued and rising interest in agent-based systems. The meeting truly demonstrated the wider view of what the term “agency” implied to research in other disciplines and the questions raised at the end of presentations were a pertinent reminder of the diversity of the audience.


1 This report summarises the paper presentations at the Second Workshop of the UK Special Interest Group on Multi-Agent Systems (UKMAS'99).