Publication Details

Bogg, P., Beydoun, G. & Low, G. (2009). Towards problem solving methods in multi-agent systems. International Conference on Software and Data Technologies (ICSOFT 2009) (pp. 308-313). INSTICC Press.


Problem Solving Methods (PSM) are abstract structures that describe specific reasoning processes employed to solve a set of similar problems and have proved very effective at enhancing reuse and extensibility in developing knowledge-based systems. We envisage that off-the-shelf PSMs can similarly assist in the development of agent-oriented solutions using Multi-Agent Systems (MAS). A challenge towards the effective use of PSMs in MAS is that current approaches to formulating PSMs do not adequately address the complexity of problems to which agent-oriented systems are suited. Towards addressing this, this paper focuses on providing an approach to guide developers in adequately formulating PSMs for complex problem-solving where interactions are involved, such as in domains where negotiation and cooperation are essential for solving a problem.