Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

AI Seminar

Selective Communication to Reduce Uncertainty in Multiagent Coordination

Edmund Durfee

University of Michigan
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
4:00pm - 5:30pm
3725 Beyster Bldg.

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About the Event

To work together effectively, agents often must coordinate their activities. Coordination can degrade, however, when agents grow uncertain about how others perceive the current collective situation, and about what plans and goals others are pursuing. Yet, maintaining continuous awareness about all other agents' beliefs, plans, and goals is prohibitively costly, if even possible at all. In this talk, I discuss strategies that agents can use to decide selectively when to communicate, and about what, so as to reduce their more important uncertainties at more critical times. I present work, performed jointly with student and faculty colleagues, that spans a variety of strategies for different contexts, ranging from where an agent might be able to estimate ahead of time the expected value of what can be learned through communication, to where an agent needs to engage in some communication to discover what, if any, further communication is warranted.

Additional Information

Contact: Jeshua Bratman

Email: jeshua@umich.edu

Sponsor(s): Toyota

Open to: Public