Separating Domain and Coordination Knowledge in Multi-Agent Organizational Design and Instantiation

Mark Sims, Daniel Corkill, and Victor Lesser

Organizational design and instantiation is the process that accepts a set of organizational goals, performance requirements, agents, and resources and assigns responsibilities and roles to each agent. We present a prescriptive organizational design and instantiation process for multi-agent systems. An important aspect of our approach is the separation of application-specific organizational issues from more generic organizational coordination mechanisms. We describe our model of organizational design and our search process. We also present example organizations generated by our automated system for the distributed sensor network domain under different environmental characteristics and performance requirements.

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