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Special Issue “Multi-Agent Systems”: Editorial

by Stefano Mariani 1,*,† and Andrea Omicini 2,†
1
Department of Sciences and Methods of Engineering, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, 42122 Modena, Italy
2
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Università di Bologna, 47521 Cesena, Italy
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(5), 954; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9050954
Received: 1 March 2019 / Accepted: 1 March 2019 / Published: 6 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multi-Agent Systems)
Multi-agent systems (MAS) allow and promote the development of distributed and intelligent applications in complex and dynamic environments. Applications of this kind have a crucial role in our everyday life, as witnessed by the broad range of domains they are deployed to—such as manufacturing, management sciences, e-commerce, biotechnology, etc. Despite heterogeneity, those domains share common requirements such as autonomy, structured interaction, mobility, and openness—which are well suited for MAS. Therein, in fact, goal-oriented processes can enter and leave the system dynamically and interact with each other according to structured protocols. This special issue gathers 17 contributions spanning from agent-based modelling and simulation to applications of MAS in situated and socio-technical systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-agent systems; agent-based modelling; agent-based simulation; agent-oriented technologies; coordination; Artificial Intelligence; computer science multi-agent systems; agent-based modelling; agent-based simulation; agent-oriented technologies; coordination; Artificial Intelligence; computer science
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