Establishing global properties of multi-agent systems via local laws

Wenxuan Zhang, Constantin Serban, Naftaly Minsky

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This paper is part of a long term research program on multiagent systems (MASs), based on the proposition that the interactions among the members of a large and heterogeneous system of autonomous agents need to be governed by a global and strictly enforced law; and that such laws need to be local, so that they can be complied with at the locus of each agent-without having any direct information of the coincidental state of other members of the MAS. Such concept of law has been realized under our LGI coordination and control mechanism. This paper shows how local laws over a MAS can be used to establish global and aggregate system properties in a scalable manner; where by "aggregate properties" we mean properties defined over the coincidental interactions among several, possibly many, members of a given multiagent system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironments for Multi-Agent Systems III - Third International Workshop, E4MAS 2006, Selected Revised and Invited Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540711025
StatePublished - 2007
Event3rd International Workshop on Environments for Multi-Agent Systems, E4MAS 2006 - Hakodate, Japan
Duration: May 8 2006May 8 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4389 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other3rd International Workshop on Environments for Multi-Agent Systems, E4MAS 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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