A decision-theoretic approach for designing proactive communication in multi-agent teamwork

Yu Zhang, Richard A. Volz, Thomas R. Ioerger, John Yen

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Abstract

Techniques that support effective communication during teamwork processes are of particular importance. Psychological study shows that an effective team often can anticipate information exchange among the team and communicate relevant information proactively. Proactive communication is crucial for understanding and sharing common goals and for cooperative actions. Communication can be valuable if it assists agents with new and timely information; it also has cost because it consumes network resources such as bandwidth. To address these issues, we present a new model that uses information production and need to capture the complex multi-agent communication process and a dynamic decision-theoretic determination of communication strategies. We also introduce a generic utility function and an algorithm, DTPC (Decision-Theoretic Proactive Communication), that focuses on representing information production and need of team members and resolving decision interactions among them for making decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationApplied Computing 2004 - Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
Pages64-71
Number of pages8
Volume1
StatePublished - 2004
EventApplied Computing 2004 - Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing - Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: Mar 14 2004Mar 17 2004

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OtherApplied Computing 2004 - Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
CountryCyprus
CityNicosia
Period3/14/043/17/04

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Communication
Information use
Decision making
Bandwidth
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  • Computer Science(all)

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Zhang, Y., Volz, R. A., Ioerger, T. R., & Yen, J. (2004). A decision-theoretic approach for designing proactive communication in multi-agent teamwork. In Applied Computing 2004 - Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (Vol. 1, pp. 64-71)
Zhang, Yu ; Volz, Richard A. ; Ioerger, Thomas R. ; Yen, John. / A decision-theoretic approach for designing proactive communication in multi-agent teamwork. Applied Computing 2004 - Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. Vol. 1 2004. pp. 64-71
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Zhang Y, Volz RA, Ioerger TR, Yen J. A decision-theoretic approach for designing proactive communication in multi-agent teamwork. In Applied Computing 2004 - Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. Vol. 1. 2004. p. 64-71