This module gives a basic introduction to the analysis and design of
intelligent agents, software systems which perceive their
environment and act in that environment in pursuit of their goals.
Structure of the Module
The module consists of two parts
- lectures: covering the design of intelligent agents; and
- project work: involving the specification, design and
implementation of one or more simple agents.
Lectures are on Mondays at 16:00 and Fridays at 10:00 in room C60 (CS).
Each student must specify, design and implement one or more simple
agents as described in the
Project Description lecture.
A Java agent package (Package uk.ac.nott.cs.g54dia)
is provided as a starting point for your project work.
The project work is supported by group and individual tutorials.
The group tutorials cover the use of the Java agent package.
The individual tutorials cover the design and implementation of your
Assessment is by project work and reports.
- Wooldridge (2002), An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems,
- Russell & Norvig (2003), Artificial Intelligence: A
Modern Approach, Prentice Hall (or the 1995 1st edition).
- Ferber (1999), Multi-Agent Systems: An Introduction to
Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Addison-Wesley.
- Arkin (1998), Behavior-Based Robotics, MIT Press.
- Braitenberg (1984), Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic
Psychology, MIT Press.
Note that there is also a version of
list with links to the University Library catalogue.
Note that the following list of suggested reading is provisional,
as it may necessary to change the order in which topics are presented.
- Introduction: Russell & Norvig (2003), chapter 1;
Wooldridge (2002), chapter 2.
- Task Environments: Russell & Norvig (2003), chapter 2.
- Reactive Architectures I: Braitenberg (1984);
see also the Braitenberg Vehicles
Craig Reynolds Boids
- Reactive Architectures II: Arkin (1998), chapter 4.
- Deliberative Architectures I: Russell & Norvig
(2003), chapter 11; Wooldridge (2002), chapter 4.
- Deliberative Architectures II: Russell & Norvig
(2003), chapter 12 (or chapter 13 of the 1st edition);
Wooldridge (2002), chapter 4. For the IRMA
architecture, see Martha
Pollack's papers, especially Pollack
et al (1994) "Experimental Investigation of an Agent Commitment
Strategy"; for Tileworld itself see the working paper
by Mike Lees.
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- Hybrid Architectures: Arkin (1998), chapter 6;
Wooldridge (2000), chapter 5, section 5.3. Xavier the robot
- Multi-Agent Systems I: Ferber (1999), chapters 1 and 4.
- Multi-Agent Systems II: Wooldridge (2003), chapter 9.
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