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Communication in Domains with Unreliable, Single-Channel, Low-Bandwidth Communication

Peter Stone and Manuela Veloso
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Submitted to ICMAS'98 in November 1997


In most multiagent systems with communicating agents, the agents have the luxury of using reliable, multi-step negotiation protocols. They can do so primarily when communication is reliable and the cost of communication relative to other actions is small. Conversely, this paper considers multiagent environments with unreliable, high-cost communication. This paper presents techniques for dealing with the obstacles to inter-agent communication in such environments. A successful prototype system is fully implemented and tested in the simulated robotic soccer domain.

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Peter Stone
Mon Nov 24 11:31:14 EST 1997