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Artificial Intelligence expert Professor Bernhard Nebel is visiting the School of Science from Germany and in this seminar he will be describing his new framework for dealing with multi-agent systems.
When using a decentralised planning approach in a cooperative multi-agent system, you either can make use of explicit coordination, i.e. using communication and negotiation during the planning phase, or you rely on implicit coordination, i.e. completely decentralised planning with runtime coordination. The latter approach looks very promising for describing and generating human-robot interactions such as those envisioned for household robots. I will introduce a framework based on epistemic planning that permits to generate implicitly coordinated plans. Further, I demonstrate how such plans can be jointly executed and will introduce some conditions under which one can guarantee successful joint executions.
Professor Bernhard Nebel
Bernhard Nebel received his first degree in Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.) from the University of Hamburg in 1980 and his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Saarland in 1989. Since 1996 he is Professor at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and head of the research group on Foundations of Artificial Intelligence. He is an ECCAI and AAAI fellow. In 2009, he was elected to be a member of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina and in 2011 he became a member of Academia Europaea.
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