CS924-15 Agent Based Systems
Agent-based systems offer a new paradigm for computer science, based around a strong theoretical foundation and with a large number of practical deployed applications.
This module will provide a context for agent-based systems in terms of the recent and developing computing landscape of distributed information and processing resources, and will describe fundamental techniques and systems, illustrating them with real-world applications.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
Overview: definitions of agents, distributed AI and agents, intelligent agents, multi-agent systems, cooperation, agent application areas;
Reasoning: multi-agent epistemic logic, action logics, deliberation, BDI models;
Competitive models: strategies and equilibria, opponent modelling;
Cooperative models: bargaining and negotiation, resource allocation, inter-agent relationships;
Open Issues: development methodology, programming languages, standards.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Students will learn the basic methodologies for the design and the analysis of multi-agent systems, in competitive and cooperative interaction, both from the theoretical and the practical point of view.
Indicative reading list
Please see Talis Aspire link for most up to date list.
Subject specific skills
|Lectures||30 sessions of 1 hour (20%)|
|Seminars||9 sessions of 1 hour (6%)|
|Private study||111 hours (74%)|
Private study description
Inclusive of private study, coursework, background reading and revision.
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.
Assessment group C1
|Programming and report||50%|
Programming and report. Approximately 30 pages. This assignment is worth more than 3 CATS and is not, therefore, eligible for self-certification.
~Platforms - AEP
Assessment group R1
|On-campus Examination - Resit||100%|
CS924 resit paper
~Platforms - AEP
Feedback on assessment
Written feedback with mark breakdown for programming assignment and report.
This module is Optional for:
- Year 1 of TCSA-G5PD Postgraduate Taught Computer Science
- Year 1 of TCSA-G5PA Postgraduate Taught Data Analytics
- Year 1 of TMAA-G1PF Postgraduate Taught Mathematics of Systems