Report on the Advanced Course on Artificial Intelligence (ACAI-01)
incorporating The Third European Agent Systems Summer School
The ACAI 2001 Summer School took place between July 2nd and July 13th 2001
at the Czech Technical University in Prague in the Czech Republic.
The Co-Chairs of the event were Michael Luck (University of Southampton, UK),
Robert Trappl (ÖFAI, Austria), and Vladimir Marik and Olga Stepankova (Czech
Technical University in Prague, CZ).
The Summer School ran over two weeks including two workshops (Adaptability and
Embodiment using MAS (AEMAS 2001) and Engineering Societies in the Agents'
World (ESAW 2001)) and more than 30 invited speakers, including leading
researchers in the field such as Michael J. Wooldridge of the
University of Liverpool, UK, and Milind Tambe of the University of Southern
Three speakers were supported by
- Daniel Kudenko, who talked about full multi-agent learning as being
the meeting point between Machine Learning research (normally only focussing on
disembodied ML or single-agent learning) and Agents Systems research. He gave an
overview of current agent-oriented learning techniques spanning inductive learning,
reinforcement learning and discovery.
- Dimitar Kazakov focussed on the application of Inductive Logic Programming
to Multi-Agent-Systems, discussing some of the differences between attribute value
learning and ILP, and presented the York MA Environment as a framework in
which multi-agent learning experiments can be carried out.
from Kudenko and Kazakov talk
- Kurt Driessens' presentation went more in to detail, focussing on Relational
Reinforcement Learning, a learning technique that combines reinforcement learning with
relational learning. Through the use of some sample applications some of the
benefits of the technique were illustrated.
from Driessens talk
Other topics discussed at the Summer School included:
- Foundations of Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems by Michael J. Wooldridge
- Logical Foundations of Agent Systems by Wiebe van der Hoek
- Teamwork: Foundations and Applications by Milind Tambe
- Co-operating Physical Robots by Bernhard Nebel, nicely illustrated with
examples from his World Champion RoboCup team.
- Cooperative and Distributed Planning
- Intelligent Cooperative Information Systems
- Coordination, Communication, and Collaboration
- Meta-knowledge and Its Usage in MAS
- Emotions and Agents
Further information on ACAI 2001 can be found at http://cyber.felk.cvut.cz/ACAI01/.