Game Theoretic and Decision Theoretic Agents
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Simon Parsons and Piotr Gmytrasiewicz,Cochairs
Over the last few years, game and decision theories have proved to be powerful tools with which to design autonomous agents, and to understand interactions in systems composed of many such agents. Decision theory has been adopted as a paradigm for designing agents that can handle the uncertainty of any moderately complex environment, and act rationally to achieve their goals. Game theory, building on the assumption that agents are rational and self-interested, has been employed in the design of mechanisms and protocols for interaction, coordination, communication, negotiation, coalition formation, fair voting techniques, market-based resource management systems, and industrial-scale information economies. Further, interesting recent results have been reported on the issue of mechanism and protocol design for bounded rational agents. This symposium brought together researchers interested in game theory and decision theory to present recent work on the applications of these techniques in the construction of agents and agent systems, and to discuss the cross-over between these fields.