Communication for Conflict Resolution in Multi-Agent Collaborative Planning

Jennifer Chu-Carroll and Sandra Carberry

Conflict management, communication, and negotiation are important components of collaborative multi-agent activity. Thus, a collaborative agent must be able to handle situations in which conflicts arise and must be capable of negotiating with other agents to reach an agreement. This paper presents a model which 1) captures multi-agent collaboration in Propose-Evaluate-Modify cycle of actions, 2) initiates negotiation with the executing agent to resolve detected conflicts regarding proposed actions and proposed beliefs, 3) selects the focus of the modification process when multiple conflicts arise, and 4) handles the negotiation of proposed domain actions, proposed problem-solving actions, and proposed beliefs in a unified manner.

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