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Cooperative Auctions for Agent or Robot Coordination

Dr. Sven Koenig
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 5:30pm


Teams of agents are more robust and potentially more efficient than single agents. However, coordinating teams of agents so that they can successfully complete their mission is a challenging task. In this talk, I cover one way of efficiently and effectively coordinating teams of agents, namely auction-based methods for agent coordination, where agents bid on tasks and the tasks are then allocated to the agents by methods that resemble winner determination methods in auctions.

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About the speaker

Dr. Sven Koenig is a professor in computer science at the University of Southern California (USC). He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Most of Sven's research centers around techniques for decision making (planning and learning) that enable single situated agents (such as robots or decision-support systems) and teams of agents to act intelligently in their environments and exhibit goal-directed behavior in real-time, even if they have only incomplete knowledge of their environment, imperfect abilities to manipulate it, limited or noisy perception or insufficient reasoning speed.


Dept. of Technology, County of Sacramento,
799 G Street, Room 221, Sacramento, CA 95814
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