Matrix-agent framework: a virtual platform for multi-agents

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Zhang, Hao Lan, Leung, Clement H. C and Raikundalia, Gitesh K (2006) Matrix-agent framework: a virtual platform for multi-agents. Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, 15 (4). pp. 436-456. ISSN 1004-3756 (Paper) 1861-9576 (Online)


Multi-agent technology has been applied extensively to many areas, including Decision Support Systems (DSS). However, the applications of multi-agent technology in DSS are still very preliminary. Most of the current agent frameworks, such as middle-agent-based or agent-facilitator-based frameworks, are basically agent-to-agent model. These agent-based frameworks often neglect the living environment for agents and they suffer from: (i) inability to adapt to the environment, (ii) inability to self-upgrade, and (iii) inefficiency in information acquisition. Here, we introduce a recently proposed multi-agent framework, namely Agent-based Open Connectivity for Decision Support Systems (AOCD). In this new framework, the communication and cooperation between agents are through a key component, the Matrix, which provides a virtual platform for agents. We use a unified Matrices framework to solve the bottleneck problem in the AOCD framework. Our experimental results based on different agent network topologies indicate that the hybrid topology presents superior performance compared with the centralised and decentralised topologies.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1007/s11518-006-5028-0
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Keywords multi-agent, agent topology analysis, DSS, virtual agent society, AOCD
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