The globalization of the economy, increasing number of transnational organizations, and rapid changes in robotics, information, and telecommunication technologies are just a few of the factors significantly altering organizational time scales, forms, complexity, and environments. Time scales have shrunk, new organizational forms are emerging, and organizational environments are expanding and mutating at unprecedented rates. Computational modeling affords opportunities to both understand and respond to these complex changes.
Paralleling developments in the physical sciences, computational modeling is emerging in the social and organizational sciences. Organizational researchers are using computational models to gain insights into organizational phenomena and to explore dynamic processes and configurations that are difficult or impossible to investigate with other methods. Many interesting insights have already resulted from this research, such as how group cooperation arises or dissipates in social dilemma settings, and how honesty and benevolence affect behavior in a group task. On the practical side, computational modeling is increasingly effective for organizational design, analysis, and reengineering.
Although a great deal of work remains to be done, the era is approaching when both theorists and practitioners will routinely state theories, design organizations, and derive their implications using widely shared computational tools. This volume brings together a range of work from many of the leading researchers in the field.
Contributors: Mihai Barbuceanu, Richard Burton, Kathleen Carley, Keith Decker, Edmund Durfee, Mark S. Fox, Natalie Glance, Michael Gruninger, Bernardo Huberman, MinCheol Kang, David Kaplan, Zhiang Lin, Michael Prietula, Kent Sandoe, Walt Scacchi, Young-pa So, William Wallace, Laurie Weissel.
The first international conference on multiagent systems is organized as a joint effort of the North American Distributed Artificial Intelligence community, the Japanese Multiagent and Cooperative Computing community, and the European Modeling Autonomous Agents in a Multiagent World community, with support from AAAI and sanctioned by ECCAI. The Proceedings cover a broad spectrum of perspectives including artificial life, communications issues, and negotiation strategies.
- Agent Architectures.
- Artificial Life (from a multiagent perspective).
- Believable Agents.
- Cooperation, Coordination, and Conflict.
- Communcation Issues.
- Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Multiagent Systems.
- Development and Engineering Methodologies.
- Distributed Artificial Intelligence.
- Distributed Consensus and Algorithms for Multiagent Interaction.
- Distributed Search.
- Evaluation of Multiagent Systems.
- Integrated Testbeds and Development Environments.
- Intelligent Agents in Enterprise Integration Systems and Similar Types of Applications.
- Learning and Adaptation in Multiagent Systems.
- Multiagent Cooperative Reasoning from Distributed Heterogeneous Databases.
- Multiagent Planning and Planning for Multiagent Worlds.
- Negotiation Strategies (in both competitive and cooperative situations).
- Organization, Organizational Knowledge, and Organization Self-Design.
- Practical Applications of Multiagent Systems (enterprises, robotics, sensing, manufacturing).
- Resource Allocation in Multiagent Systems.
- Social Structures and their Signfiicance in Multiagent Systems.