Local strategy learning in networked multi-agent team formation

TitleLocal strategy learning in networked multi-agent team formation
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBulka B, Gaston M, desJardins M
JournalAutonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Pagination29 - 45
Date Published2007///
ISBN Number1387-2532

Networked multi-agent systems are comprised of many autonomous yet interdependent agents situated in a virtual social network. Two examples of such systems are supply chain networks and sensor networks. A common challenge in many networked multi-agent systems is decentralized team formation among the spatially and logically extended agents. Even in cooperative multi-agent systems, efficient team formation is made difficult by the limited local information available to the individual agents. We present a model of distributed multi-agent team formation in networked multi-agent systems, describe a policy learning framework for joining teams based on local information, and give empirical results on improving team formation performance. In particular, we show that local policy learning from limited information leads to a significant increase in organizational team formation performance compared to a random policy.