DFKI Research Report-99-03

[Back]

RR-99-03



Language: English

by Christian Gerber, Jörg Siekmann, Gero Vierke

Holonic Multi-Agent Systems

42 Pages

Abstract

A holonic multi-agent paradigm is proposed, where agents give up parts of their autonomy and merge into a ``super-agent'' (a holon), that acts - when seen from the outside - just as a single agent again. We explore the spectrum of this new paradigm, ranging from definitorial issues over classification of possible application domains, an algebraic characterization of the merge operation, to implementational aspects: We propose algorithms for holon formation and on-line re-configuration. Based on some general criteria for the distinction between holonic and non-holonic domains, we examine domains suitable for holonic agents and sketch the implementation of holonic agents in these scenarios. Finally, a case study of a holonic agent system is presented in detail: TELETRUCK system is a fleet management system in the transportation domain.

This document is available as Postscript.

The next abstract is here, and the previous abstract is here.

DFKI-Bibliothek (bib@dfki.uni-kl.de)

Note: This page was written to look best with CSS stylesheet support Level 1 or higher. Since you can see this, your browser obviously doesn't support CSS, or you have turned it off. We highly recommend you use a browser that supports and uses CSS, and review this page once you do. However, don't fear, we've tried to write this page to still work and be readable without CSS.