The Impact of Vertical Specialization on Hierarchical Multi-Agent Systems

@inproceedings{Okamoto2008TheIO,
  title={The Impact of Vertical Specialization on Hierarchical Multi-Agent Systems},
  author={Steven Okamoto and Paul Scerri and Katia P. Sycara},
  booktitle={AAAI},
  year={2008}
}
Hierarchies are one of the most common organizational structures observed in multi-agent systems. In this paper we study vertical specialization as a reason for hierarchical structures. In vertically specialized systems, more highly skilled agents are also more costly. By using less capable agents to initially process tasks and forwarding only exceptional tasks to more capable agents, such systems may be able to economize on the number of highly capable agents. The result is a hierarchical… CONTINUE READING