Tristan M. Behrens

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We introduce an interface for connecting agent platforms to environments. This interface provides generic functionality for executing actions and for perceiving changes in an agent's environment. It also provides support for managing an environment, e.g., for starting, pausing and terminating it. Among the benefits of such an interface are (1) standard(More)
Agent programs are increasingly widely used for large scale, time critical applications. In developing such applications, the performance of the agent platform is a key concern. Many logic-based BDI-based agent programming languages rely on inferencing over some underlying knowledge representation. While this allows the development of flexible, declarative(More)
The Multi-Agent Programming Contest is an annual series of competitions in programming multi-agent systems in which a team of agents participates in a simulated cooperative scenario. It started in 2005 and is organised in 2010 for the sixth time. The Contest is an attempt to stimulate research in the area of multi-agent system development and programming by(More)
Agents act and perceive in shared environments where they are situated. Although there are many environments for agents – ranging from testbeds to commercial applications – such environments have not been widely used because of the difficulty of interfacing agents with those environments. A more generic approach for connecting agents to environments would(More)
In many logic-based BDI agent programming languages, plan selection involves inferencing over some underlying knowledge representation. While context-sensitive plan selection facilitates the development of flexible, declarative programs, the overhead of evaluating repeated queries to the agent's beliefs and goals can result in poor run time performance. In(More)
(MAPC), is a community-serving effort to facilitate advances in programming multiagent systems (MASs) by developing benchmark problems, enabling head-to-head comparison of MASs, and supporting educational efforts in the design and implementation of MASs. It was started in 2005 and is an annual event that attracts between 5 and 10 teams. It has since been(More)
This paper summarises the Agent Contest 2008, organised in association with ProMAS'08. The aim of the contest is to stimulate research in the area of multi-agent systems by identifying key problems and collecting suitable benchmarks that can serve as milestones for evaluating new tools, models, and techniques to develop multi-agent systems. The first two(More)