“Give Agents their Artifacts”: The A&A Approach for Engineering Working Environments in MAS

  • Ricci A
  • Viroli M
  • Omicini A
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In human society, almost any cooperative working context accounts for different kinds of object, tool, artifacts in general, that humans adopt, share and intelligently exploit so as to support their working activities, in particular social ones. According to theories in human sciences-Activity Theory and Distributed Cognition are two main examples 5, 4-and to related disciplines in computer science-such as Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)-such entities have a key role in determining the success or failure of the activities, playing an essential function in simplifying complex tasks and-more generally-in designing solutions that scale with activity complexity. Such a perspective can be found also in some works in the context of Distributed Artificial Intelligence 1, 2.

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  • Artifact-based Environments
  • Multi-Agent System Infrastructures
  • Programming Multi-Agent Systems

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  • Alessandro Ricci

  • Mirko Viroli

  • Andrea Omicini

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