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A Dynamic Coordination Mechanism Using Adjustable Autonomy

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Author: Neef, R.M. · Vecht, B. van der · Dignum, F. · Meyer, J.J.C.
Type:article
Date:2008
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Place: Berlin : [etc.]
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:Sichman, J.Noriega, P.Padget, J.Ossowski, S., International Workshops on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems III, COIN 2007: COIN@AAMAS 2007 and COIN@MALLOW 2007, 3-4 September 2007, Durham., 83-96
series:
Lecture Notes in Computer Science Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
Identifier: 222142
Keywords: Informatics · Autonomous agents · Dynamic coordination · Organizational goals · Adaptive autonomy

Abstract

Agents in an organization need to coordinate their actions in order to reach the organizational goals. This research describes the relation between types of coordination and the autonomy of actors. In an experimental setting we show that there is not one best way to coordinate in all situations. The dynamics and complexity of, for example, crisis situations require a crisis management organization to work with dynamic types of coordination. In order to reach dynamic coordination we provide the actors with adjustable autonomy. Actors should be able to make decisions at different levels of autonomy and reason about the required level. We propose a way to implement this in a multi-agent system. The agent is provided with reasoning rules with which it can control the external influences on its decision-making.