CS378: Autonomous Multiagent Systems -- Spring 2004: Resources Page

Resources for Autonomous Multiagent Systems (cs378)

Week 1 (1/20,22)

  • Initial and final slides from Tuesday, 1/20: (pdf). The slides on RoboCup.
  • Slides from Thursday, 1/22: (pdf).
  • Austin Villa 2003 legged team with some links to videos from RoboCup 2003. I showed the finals on the first day of class.

  • Week 2 (1/27,29): Autonomous agents

  • Slides from Tuesday, 1/27: (pdf).
  • Slides from Thursday, 1/29: (pdf).

  • Week 3 (2/3,5): Agent architectures

  • Slides from Tuesday, 2/3: (pdf). The ones on planning. The details on subsumption.
  • Slides from Thursday, 2/5: (pdf).
  • Pengo
  • RoboCup-related mailing lists
  • Agents mailing list

  • Week 4 (2/10,12): Multiagent systems

  • Slides from Tuesday, 2/10: (pdf).
  • Slides from Thursday, 2/12: (pdf).

  • Week 5 (2/17,19): Agent communication and Teamwork

  • Slides from Tuesday, 2/17: (pdf).
  • Slides from Thursday, 2/19: (pdf).
  • Additional readings on communication:
  • Textbook: chapter 8
    Sections 2.1 and 2.2 (pages 1-19) of Multiagent Systems and Societies of Agents. (get cached copy from upper right corner)
    Michael N. Huhns and Larry M. Stephens.
    Chapter 2 in Multiagent Systems, G. Weiss (ed.), MIT Press, 1998.
  • Desiderata for Agent Communication Languages.
    James Mayfield, Yannis Labrou, and Tim Finin.
    Proceedings of the AAAI Symposium on Information Gathering from Heterogeneous, Distributed Environments, AAAI-95 Spring Symposium, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. March 27-29, 1995.
  • Additional readings on teamwork:
  • Towards Flexible Teamwork.
    Tambe, M.
    Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), Volume 7, pages 83-124, 1997.
  • Regarding ontologies, Cyc and its open-source version, OpenCyc.
  • The Suggested Upper Merged Ontology (SUMO).
  • FIPA sample applications

  • Week 6 (2/24,26): RoboCup case studies

  • Slides from Tuesday, 2/24: (pdf). Some more (on genetic algorithms - from Tom Mitchell's book Machine Learning)
  • Slides from Thursday, 2/26: (pdf). Some more(ps).
  • A submitted paper on the UT Austin Villa 2003 champion coach team.
  • Co-evolving Soccer Softbot Team Coordination with Genetic Programming.
    Sean Luke, Charles Hohn, Jonathan Farris, Gary Jackson, and James Hendler.
    in Kitano (ed.) RoboCup-97: Robot Soccer World Cup I. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1998
    (1997 evolutionary learning approach)
  • A Role-Based Decision-Mechanism for Teams of Reactive and Coordinating Agents.
    Slivia Coradeschi and Lars Karlsson.
    in Kitano (ed.) RoboCup-97: Robot Soccer World Cup I. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1998
    (an early, successful approach)
  • AT Humboldt -- Development, Practice and Theory.
    Hans-Dieter Burkhard, Markus Hannebauer, Jan Wendler.
    in Kitano (ed.) RoboCup-97: Robot Soccer World Cup I. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1998
    (1997 champion)
  • Behavior Networks for Continuous Domains using Situation-Dependent Motivations.
    Klaus Dorer.
    Proceedings of the 16th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 1999.
    (1999 runner-up)
  • FC Portugal Team Description: RoboCup 2000 Simulation League Champion.
    Luis Paulo Reis and Nuno Lau.
    in Stone, Balch, Kraetzschmarr (eds.) RoboCup-2000: Robot Soccer World Cup IV. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2001.
    (2000 champion)
  • Behavior Classification with Self-Organizing Maps.
    M. Wunstel, D. Polani, T. Uthmann, and J. Perl.
    In: P. Stone, T.Balch, and G. Ktaetzschmar (eds.): RoboCup 2000: Robot Soccer World Cup IV. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York (Springer-Verlag), pages 108-118, 2000. (Lecture Notes in computer science Vol. 2019: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence)
  • Global Planning from Local Perspective: An Implementation of Observation-based Plan Coordination in RoboCup Simulation Games.
    Cai Yunpeng, Chen Jiang, Yao Jinyi, and Li Shi.
    Pre-print available on-line, 2002.
    (2001, 2002 champion)

  • Week 7 (3/2,4): Swarms and self-organization

  • Slides from Tuesday, 3/2: (pdf).
  • Slides from Thursday, 3/4: (pdf). Some more (on neural networks - from Tom Mitchell's book Machine Learning)
  • Soccer server internet league
  • Team repository (up to 2002)
  • Team binaries from 2003 (click on "binaries" at the bottom left).
  • Demos of many agents steering to avoid one another based on simple local rules. (see in particular the ones under "combined behaviors and groups)
  • A paper on pair programming.

  • Week 8 (3/9,11): Applications

  • Slides from Tuesday, 3/9: (pdf).
  • Slides from Thursday, 3/11: (pdf). Some more (on reinforcement learning - from Tom Mitchell's book Machine Learning)
  • Improving Elevator Performance Using Reinforcement Learning. (If the link doesn't work for you, it's also available from citeseer - cached copy in top right corner)
    R. Crites and A. Barto.
    In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 8 (NIPS8), D. S. Touretzky, M. C. Mozer, and M. E. Hasslemo (Eds.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996, pp. 1017-1023.
  • ARCHON: A Distributed Artificial Intelligence System for Industrial Applications.
    D. Cockburn and N. R. Jennings.
    in Foundations of Distributed Artificial Intelligence (eds. G. M. P. O'Hare and N. R. Jennings)
    Wiley, 1996, 319-344.
  • Trafficopter: A Distributed Collection System for Traffic Information.
    Alexandros Moukas1 Konstantinos Chandrinos, and Pattie Maes.
    in (M. Klusch, G. Weiss eds.) Cooperative Information Agents II, Springer Verlag, 1998.

  • Week 9 (3/23,25): Game theory

  • Game theory slides from the course textbook.
  • Slides from Thursday, 3/25: (pdf).
  • gametheory.net
  • Some useful slides (part C) from Michael Bowling.

  • Week 10 (3/30,4/1): Game theory II + Rescue

  • Mazda's slides from Tuesday, 3/30:(ppt).
  • Slides from Thursday, 4/1: (pdf).
  • RoboCup Rescue manual
  • Ranjit Nair, Milind Tambe and Stacy Marsella: "Team Formation for Reformation in Multiagent Domains like RoboCupRescue", Proceedings of RoboCup-2002 International Symposium, G. Kaminka, P. Lima and R. Roja (Eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Verlag, 2003. PS
  • M. Ahmadi, T. Takahashi, J. Habibi, T. Koto, RoboCupRescue System and Arian: A Flexible Infrastructure for Multi-Agent Research and Education, 15th IEEE Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, Sacramento, USA, 2003: 351-355. PS
  • J. Habibi, M. Ahmadi, A. Nouri, M. Sayyadian, and M. M. Nevissi Implementing Heterogeneous Agents in Dynamic Environments, a Case Study in RoboCupRescue. Multiagent System Technologies , Germany. 2003: 95-104. PS
  • Implicit Negotiation in Repeated Games.
    Michael L. Littman and Peter Stone.
    In Proceedings of The Eighth International Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages (ATAL-2001), pp. 393-404, August 2001.
  • A Concise Introduction to Multiagent Systems and Distributed AI by Nikos Vlassis. It was written for a course similar to this one.
  • Game theory and NCAA pools
  • German Open simulator competition results

    Week 11 (4/6,8): Agent modeling

  • Greg's slides from Tuesday, 4/6:(pdf).
  • Slides from Thursday, 4/8: (pdf).
  • On behavior classification in adversarial environments.
    Patrick Riley and Manuela Veloso.
    In Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS-2000), 2000.
  • Simulation of The Dynamic Interactions Between Terror and Anti-Terror Organizational Structures.
    by Stanislaw Raczynski.
    Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation vol. 7, no. 2.
    Recently published article on agents modelling trerrorism.

  • Week 12 (4/13,15): Distributed rational decision making

  • Slides from Tuesday, 4/13: (pdf).
  • Slides from Thursday, 4/15: (pdf).
  • Some writing tips. Some more (with more detail).
  • The undergraduate writing center
  • Condorcet voting example
  • Types of tactical voting

  • Week 13 (4/20,22): Auctions

  • Slides from Tuesday, 4/20: (pdf).
  • Slides from Thursday, 4/22: (pdf). (includes many slides I didn't get to)
  • My class on Agent-Based E-Commerce from Fall 2003.
  • One of the introductory readings from that class:
    Auctions and Bidding: A Primer.
    Paul Milgrom.
    The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 3, No. 3. (Summer, 1989), pp. 3-22.
    Note: The above link works from UTCS machines, but may not work from an off-campus computer.
    From outside UTCS, try this link.
  • A couple links about bidding rings on eBay:
  • A high-profile painting-based ring was busted.
  • Another later ring for glass.
  • Making More from Less: Strategic Demand Reduction in the FCC Spectrum Auctions. (due Thursday)
    Robert J. Weber.
    The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 6(3), 1997.

  • SICS Trading Agent Competition (TAC)

  • Week 14 (4/27,29): Entertainment agents

  • An article on The Two Towers
  • An Architecture for Action, Emotion, and Social Behavior.
    Joseph Bates, A. Bryan Loyall, and W. Scott Reilly.
    in Artificial Social Systems: Fourth European Workshop on Modeling Autonomous Agents in a Multi-Agent World, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1994.
    This is a paper on the Oz project that I mentioned in class

  • Week 15 (5/4,6): Multiagent learning

  • Slides from Tuesday, 5/4: (pdf). Some more: (postscript).
  • Slides from Thursday, 5/6: (pdf).
  • Concurrent Layered Learning.
    Shimon Whiteson and Peter Stone.
    In Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, July 2003.
  • The tournament! (5/13)

  • The slides presented during the tourney, including results: (pdf).

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