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OFAI-TR-2005-05 ( 852kB g-zipped PostScript file,  588kB PDF file)

Agent Encapsulation in a Cognitive Vision MAS

Bernhard Jung, Paolo Petta

This paper casts a baseline cognitive vision design into a multi-agent framework and therein addresses the questions how and to what extent explicit consideration of coordination may affect the design and performance of such systems. In an analysis of our decomposition into task-dependent entities using both, functional and physical approaches to encapsulation, we show that different kinds of algorithms with different notions of architecture and representation become possible. We describe the evolution of our implementation out of a traditional monolithic design and show how in it functionalities akin to notions of conventional tracking and reasoning emerge out of the distributed interaction between component agents, with a performance at least on par with the baseline system.

Keywords: Multi-Agent System (MAS), Agent Encapsulation, Cognitive Vision, Coordination

Citation: Jung B., Petta P.: Agent Encapsulation in a Cognitive Vision MAS. Technical Report, Österreichisches Forschungsinstitut für Artificial Intelligence, Wien, TR-2005-05, 2005, in Pechoucek M., Petta P., Varga L.Z. (eds.): Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV, 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, CEEMAS 2005, Budapest, Hungary, September, 2005, Proceedings, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York, pp. 51-61, 2005.