The innate difficulty of constructing multi-agent systems has motivated agent developers to move away from developing point solutions to point problems in favour of developing methodolo-gies and toolkits for building distributed multi-agent systems. This philosophy led to the development of the ZEUS Agent Building Toolkit, which facilitates the rapid… (More)
The objective of this paper is to examine the crucial area of coordination in multi-agent systems. It does not attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the coordination literature; rather, it highlights the necessity for coordination in agent systems and overviews briefly various coordination techniques. It critiques these techniques and presents some… (More)
Much has been published on the functional properties of multi-agent systems (MASs) including their coordination , rationality and knowledge modelling. However, an important research area which has so far received only scant attention covers the non-functional properties of MASs which include performance, scalability and stability issues — clearly these… (More)
Visualising the behaviour of systems with distributed data, control and process is a notoriously difficult task. Each component in the distributed system has only a local view of the whole setup , and the onus is on the user to integrate, into a coherent whole, the large amounts of limited information they provide. In this paper, we describe an architecture… (More)
There is an emerging desire amongst agent researchers to move away from point solutions in favour of developing methodologies and tool-kits for building distributed multi-agent systems. This philosophy has led researchers at BT Labs to develop the ZEUS Agent Building Tool-kit, which facilitates the engineering of future agent applications through a library… (More)
This paper discusses the technical challenges, business implications and research issues of agent-based auctions.