Keith Decker, Karia Sycara, and Mike Williamson
Adaptation in open, multi-agent information gathering systems is important for several reasons. These reasons include the inability to accurately predict future problem-solving workloads, future changes in existing information requests, future failures and additions of agents and data supply resources, and other future task environment characteristic changes that require system reorganization. We are developing a multi-agent financial portfolio management system that must deal with all of these problems. This paper will briefly describe our approaches and solutions at several different levels within the agents: adaptation at the organizational, planning, scheduling, and execution levels. We discuss our solution for execution-level adaptation in detail, and present empirical evidence backing up the theory behind the solution.