Action-level intention selection for BDI agents

Yuan Yao, Brian Logan

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Abstract

Belief-Desire-Intention agents typically pursue multiple goals in parallel. However the interleaving of steps in different intentions may result in conflicts, e.g., where the execution of a step in one plan makes the execution of a step in another concurrently executing plan impossible. Previous approaches to avoiding conflicts between concurrently executing intentions treat plans as atomic units, and attempt to interleave plans in different intentions so as to minimise conflicts. However some conflicts cannot be resolved by appropriate ordering of plans and can only be resolved by appropriate interleaving of steps within plans. In this paper, we present SA, an approach to intention selection based on Single-Player Monte Carlo Tree Search that selects which intention to progress at the current cycle at the level of individual plan steps. We evaluate the performance of our approach in a range of scenarios of increasing difficulty in both static and dynamic environments. The results suggest SA out-performs existing approaches to intention selection both in terms of goals achieved and the variance in goal achievement time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAMAS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS)
Pages1227-1236
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342391
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 9 May 201613 May 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS
ISSN (Print)1548-8403
ISSN (Electronic)1558-2914

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2016
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period9/05/1613/05/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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