Field-Based Coordination for Pervasive Multiagent Systems by Marco MameiField-Based Coordination for Pervasive Multiagent Systems by Marco Mamei

Field-Based Coordination for Pervasive Multiagent Systems

byMarco Mamei, Franco Zambonelli

Paperback | October 22, 2010

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More and more, software systems involve autonomous and distributed software components that have to execute and interact in open and dynamic environments, such as in pervasive, autonomous, and mobile applications. The requirements with respect to dynamics, openness, scalability, and decentralization call for new approaches to software design and development, capable of supporting spontaneous configuration, tolerating partial failures, or arranging adaptive reorganization of the whole system.

Inspired by the behaviour of complex natural systems, scientists and engineers have started to adjust their mechanisms and techniques for self-organization and adaption to changing environments.

In line with these considerations, Mamei and Zambonelli propose an interaction model inspired by the way masses and particles in our universe move and self-organize according to contextual information represented by gravitational and electromagnetic fields. The key idea is to have the components' actions driven by computational force fields, generated by the components themselves or by some infrastructures, and propagated across the environment. Together with its supporting middleware infrastructure - available with additional information under http://www.agentgroup.unimore.it - this model can serve as the basis for a general purpose and widely applicable approach for the design and development of adaptive distributed applications.

Marco Mamei is research associate at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he received the PhD in computer science in 2004. His current research interests include distributed and pervasive computing, swarm intelligence, and multiagent systems. He is a member of the IEEE, AIIA and TABOO.Franco Zambonelli is professor in Comp...
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Title:Field-Based Coordination for Pervasive Multiagent SystemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pagesPublished:October 22, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3642066232

ISBN - 13:9783642066238

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Table of Contents

1) Introduction Part I: The Scenario 2) Upcoming Information Technology Scenarios 3) The Role of Coordination and The Inadequacy of Current Approaches Part II: Modeling Field-Based Coordination 4) Field-Based Coordination 5) Co-Fields and Motion Coordination Part III: Implementing Field-Based Coordination 6) Commercial Off The Shelf Implementations 7) Tuples on The Air Part IV: Advanced Applications 8) Content-Based Information Access and Coordination 9) Self-Assembly in Mobile and Modular Robots 10) The Cloak of Invisibility 11) Conclusions References, Index

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From the reviews:"This volume is an excellent summary of the state of research to date; a concise guide for new adopters of field-based coordination; and a stimulating survey of potential research areas. It will be valuable both as a textbook for advanced undergraduate courses in multiagent systems and as a reference for active researchers in the field." (H. Van Dyke Parunak, ACM Computing Reviews, November, 2011)