An Empirical Evaluation of Communication and Coordination Effectiveness in Autonomous Reactive Multiagent Systems

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This thesis describes experiments designed to measure the effect of collaborative communication on task performance of a multiagent system. A discrete event simulation was developed to model a multi-agent system completing a task to find and collect food resources, with the ability to substitute various communication and coordination methods. Experiments were conducted to find the effects of the various communication methods on completion of the task to find and harvest the food resources. Results show that communication decreases the time required to complete the task. However, all communication methods do not fare equally well. In particular, results indicate that the ... continued below

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Hurt, David May 2005.

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This thesis describes experiments designed to measure the effect of collaborative communication on task performance of a multiagent system. A discrete event simulation was developed to model a multi-agent system completing a task to find and collect food resources, with the ability to substitute various communication and coordination methods. Experiments were conducted to find the effects of the various communication methods on completion of the task to find and harvest the food resources. Results show that communication decreases the time required to complete the task. However, all communication methods do not fare equally well. In particular, results indicate that the communication model of the bee is a particularly effective method of agent communication and collaboration. Furthermore, results indicate that direct communication with additional information content provides better completion results. Cost-benefit models show some conflicting information, indicating that the increased performance may not offset the additional cost of achieving that performance.

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Hurt, David. An Empirical Evaluation of Communication and Coordination Effectiveness in Autonomous Reactive Multiagent Systems, thesis, May 2005; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4770/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .