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2003-04 Seminars


Autonomous Agents in Electricity

Sarosh Talukdar and Paul Hines
ECE

Abstract

Systems of autonomous agents (also called distributed decision-making systems, and complex adaptive systems) have many natural and the artificial manifestations. Immune systems, insect societies, artificial life, electric grids and economies are some examples. In this talk, Sarosh will explain some of the open questions in designing systems of autonomous agents, particularly, questions about emergent behaviors, phase-transitions, task-decomposition, and cooperation. Paul will describe
his progress in answering the questions on task-decomposition and cooperation.