Local Learning to Improve Organizational Performance in Networked Multiagent Team Formation

Blazej Bulka, Matthew Gaston, and Marie desJardins

Networkedmultiagent systems are comprised of many autonomous yet interdependent agents situated in a virtual social network. Two examples of such systems are supply chain networks and sensor networks. A common challenge in many networked multiagent systems is decentralized team formation among the spatially and logically extended agents. Even in cooperative multiagent systems, efficient team formation is made difficult by the limited local information available to the individual agents. We present a model of distributed multiagent team formation in networked multi-agent systems, describe a policy learning framework for joining teams based on local information, and give empirical results on improving team formation performance. In particular, we show that local policy learning from limited information leads to a significant increase in organizational team formation performance compared to a naive heuristic.

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