To ask, sense, or share: Ad hoc information gathering

Adam Eck, Leen Kiat Soh

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Agents operating in complex (e.g., dynamic, uncertain, partially observable) environments must gather information from various sources to inform their incomplete knowledge. Two popular types of sources include: (1) directly sensing the environment using the agent's sensors, and (2) sharing information between networked agents occupying the same environment. In this paper, we address agent reasoning for appropriately selecting between such types of sources to update agent knowledge over time. In particular, we consider ad hoc environments where agents cannot collaborate in advance to predetermine joint solutions for when to share vs. when to sense. Instead, we propose a solution where agents individually learn the benefits of relying on each type of source to maximize knowledge improvement. We empirically evaluate our learning-based solution in different environment configurations to demonstrate its advantages over other strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAAMAS 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
EditorsEdith Elkind, Rafael H. Bordini, Gerhard Weiss, Pinar Yolum
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS)
Pages367-376
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450337694
StatePublished - 2015
Event14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: May 4 2015May 8 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1548-8403
ISSN (Electronic)1558-2914

Other

Other14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2015
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period5/4/155/8/15

Keywords

  • Ad Hoc
  • Information Gathering
  • Information Sharing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Eck, A., & Soh, L. K. (2015). To ask, sense, or share: Ad hoc information gathering. In E. Elkind, R. H. Bordini, G. Weiss, & P. Yolum (Eds.), AAMAS 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (pp. 367-376). (Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS; Vol. 1). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS).