Towards flexible teamwork in persistent teams

Milind Tambe, Weixiong Zhang

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Teamwork is a critical capability in multi-agent environments. Many such environments mandate that the agents and agent-teams mast be persistent i.e., exist over long periods of time. Agents in such persistent teams are bound together by their long-term common interests and goals. This paper focuses on flexible teamwork in such persistent teams. Unfortunately, while previous work has investigated flexible teamwork, persistent teams remain unexplored. For flexible teamwork, one promising approach that has emerged is model-based, i.e., providing agents with general models of teamwork that explicitly specify their commitments in teamwork. Such models enable agents to autonomously reason about coordination. Unfortunately, for persistent teams, such models may lead to coordination and communication actions that while locally optimal, are highly problematic for the team's long-term goals. We present a decision-theoretic technique to enable persistent teams to overcome such limitations of the model-based approach. In particular, agents reason about expected team utilities of future team states that are projected to result from actions recommended by the teamwork model, as well as lower-cost (or higher-cost) variations on these actions. To accommodate real-time constraints, this reasoning is done in an any-time fashion. Implemented examples from an analytic search tree and some real-world domains are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Multi Agent Systems, ICMAS 1998
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)081868500X, 9780818685002
StatePublished - 1998
Event1998 International Conference on Multi Agent Systems, ICMAS 1998 - Pans, France
Duration: Jul 3 1998Jul 7 1998

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NameProceedings - International Conference on Multi Agent Systems, ICMAS 1998


Conference1998 International Conference on Multi Agent Systems, ICMAS 1998


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