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JSW 2008 Vol.3(6): 9-20 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.3.6.9-20

A Role-Based Approach in Dynamic Task Delegation in Agent Teamwork

Yu Zhang
Department of Computer Science, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 78212

Abstract—This paper presents a role-based agent teamwork language called RoB-MALLET (Role-Based Multi-Agent Logic Language for Encoding Teamwork). Roles have been used to form multi-agent theories and guide the construction of multi-agent architectures and systems. Different from the most existing agent teamwork models that emphasize practical reasoning based on beliefs, desires and intentions (BDI), a role-based teamwork language stresses the concept of organization and thereby cooperation. RoB-MALLET is able to handle unexpected uncertainties and allow for the conceptual specification of teamwork knowledge for reuse. Finally, we present several experiments that explore plan reusability of RoB-MALLET, show that it is flexible in supporting simultaneity of invocation and evaluate its efficiency in supporting teamwork.

Index Terms—Role-based Collaboration, Task Delegation, Multi-Agent Systems, Agent Teamwork, Agent Plan

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Cite: Yu Zhang, " A Role-Based Approach in Dynamic Task Delegation in Agent Teamwork," Journal of Software vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 9-20, 2008.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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