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Distributed Artificial Intelligence: A Critical Review
Author(s): Laurel A. Harmon; Robert F. Franklin
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Paper Abstract

A goal of Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) has been the development of heuristics for problem-solving by logically distributed components (agents). The roles of organizational structure, communication and planning in addressing the central issue of coherence are discussed in the context of representative DAI simulation systems. Despite the range of DAI research, few organizing principles have emerged. We attribute this lack to a reliance on human models of cooperative processes. As the effectiveness of the models has broken down, improvements have come through incremental, compensatory changes, rather than through the development of new models. We argue for the importance of a higher level view of distributed problem-solving.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1008, Expert Robots for Industrial Use, (9 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.949134
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Laurel A. Harmon, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (United States)
Robert F. Franklin, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1008:
Expert Robots for Industrial Use
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Kenneth J. Stout, Editor(s)

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