Nicholas V. Findler

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Coordination and cooperation are two major concerns in Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) systems. How can a group of geographically distributed agents properly allocate a set of tasks among themselves while satisfying different types of constraints? Also, in an environment of limited resources, how can agents resolve resource conflicts and(More)
A progress report is presented of on-going research efforts concerning human decision making under uncertainty and risk and human problem solving and learning processes on the one hand, and machine learning, large scale programming systems, and novel programming techniques on the other. There has also been interest in how humans make deductive and inductive(More)
This note deals with the problem of discovering rules that govern social interactions and relations in pre-literal societies. Two older computer programs are first described which can receive data, possibly incomplete and redundant, representing kinship relations among named individuals. The programs then establish a knowledge base in the form of a directed(More)
Coordination consists of a set of mechanisms necessary for the effective operation of Intelligent Agent Societies (IASs). In building such societies, it is important to design and implement coordination in accordance with the known requirements and anticipated working conditions of the IAS in question. Currently, there is little theoretical support that may(More)
A Distributed Planning System is a network whose nodes represent distinct processors, each cooperating with a selected set of others to achieve a common set of goals. We address two important issues in this paper: (i) How individual processors should be interconnected so that their capacities are fully utilized and their goals can be accomplished(More)
Upon opening this book and leafing through the pages, one gets the impression of an important compendium. The fourteen articles provide good coverage of semantic networks and related systems for representing knowledge. Their average length of 33 pages is long enough to give each author reasonable scope, yet short enough to permit a variety of viewpoints to(More)
Globally coherent behavior is essential for a distributed problem solving network. I t is a characteristic of the whole problem solving process. We discuss in this article different forms of cooperation at different phases of the problem solving process, which have to be considered to increase global coherence. The connection problem and the timing problem(More)
Intelligent question-answering programs do more than retrieve “raw” data; they make deductive inferences in order to return all valid responses. They report logical inconsistencies, possibly at the data input phase. Similarly, more information is requested from the user if a question asked proves to be ambiguous. A question-answering system of the above(More)