Rational Multiagent Organization and Reorganization

Wayne A. Smith

This research agenda has as its goal to apply principles from decision theory and organization theory to the problem of multiagent organization and reorganization. The result is a rational, dynamic multiagent architecture designed to address the following issues: Choosing the appropriate organizational structure (design from scratch); Choosing the appropriate reorganization (redesign); Adding, losing and moving agents within an organization; and Handling node and link failures that lead to agents becoming unavailable to the rest of the organization. The architecture will be experimentally validated with different organization sizes ranging from four to fifty agents. These experiments will determine how well a dynamic organization fares versus a static one with respect to solution quality and response time.

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