AAAI Publications, Sixth European Conference on Planning

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Multi-Agent Coordination Off-Line: Structure and Complexity
Carmel Domshlak, Yefim Dinitz

Last modified: 2014-05-21

Abstract


Coordination between processing entities is one of the most widely studied areas in multi-agent planning research. Recently, efforts have been made to understand the formal computational issues of this important area. In this paper, we make a step toward this direction, and analyze a certain class of coordination problems for dependent agents with independent goals acting in the same environment. We assume that a state-transition description of each agent is given, and that preconditioning an agent's transitions by the states of other agents is the only considered kind of inter-agent dependence. Off-line coordination between the agents is considered. We analyze some structural properties of these problems, and investigate the relationship between these properties and the complexity of coordination in this domain. We show that our general problem is provably intractable, but some significant subclasses are in NP and even polynomial.

Keywords


complexity, classical planning

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