The MACODO Middleware for Context-Driven Dynamic Agent Organizations

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Executive Summary

One of the major challenges in engineering distributed multi-agent systems is the coordination necessary to align the behavior of different agents. Decentralization of control implies a style of coordination in which the agents cooperate as peers with respect to each other and no agent has global control over the system, or global knowledge about the system. The dynamic interactions and collaborations among agents are usually structured and managed by means of roles and organizations. In existing approaches agents typically have a dual responsibility: on the one hand playing roles within the organization, on the other hand managing the life-cycle of the organization itself, e.g. setting up the organization and managing organization dynamics.

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