EECE 822: Multiagent systems

A hands-on approach

Instructor: José M. Vidal
Office:SWE 3A51
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-3:30pm, or email me for appointment.
Class Meeting Time: Monday and Wednesday 12:30-1:45pm
Class Meeting Room: Swearingen Room 2A27
Textbook: Multiagent Systems: A Modern Approach to Distributed Artificial Intelligence Edited by Gerhard Weiss.

Problem Set Percentage of Final Grade
PS 1 (Programming) 5%
PS 2 5%
PS 3 (Programming) 5%
PS 4 10%
PS 5 (Programming) 5%
PS 6 10%
PS 7 10%
Final Project 50% (Proposal= 5%, Presentation=5%, Writeup+Quality+Tournament Performace=40%)

Notice that the three programming problem sets will build on each other and form the basis for the final project. That is, everything you build for those problem sets you will probably use again on your final project.

Problem Sets: You need to:

  1. Sign, fill out, and staple this coversheet as the first page of your problem set printout. You must submit a hardcopy of your problem set.
  2. Turn in the hardcopy before class. Late problem sets will receive no credit.
  3. For the programming problem sets, place all your files into the directory \\E_WEBSERV\EECE822\Students\<username> by the beginning of class that day. If you do not find your name in the folder please tell me now.

Overview: This class will provide a solid foundation in the field of multiagent systems design and engineering. We study all the major MAS design techinques, agent architectures, and communication languages. We take a hands-on approach by designing and building robocup soccer teams and playing them against each other.

The class, therefore, has two components: theoretical and implementation. The theoretical component includes the lectures, readings from the textbook and papers, and several problem sets. The implementation component includes the programming assignments and final project.

The students form teams of 1 to 3 members. All of the programming problem sets and the final project will be done by teams, while the rest must be done individually.

About the Homepage: The class homepage contains a lot of useful information. There is a forum (message board) available for you to ask questions. This is a good place to have discussions about the robocup server and useful programming techniques. There is also a calendar, software, handouts, and copies of papers relevant to the class (see the menu bar on the left). Finally, there is a News section where I will post any relevant announcements. Please bookmark the classs homepage and check it often.

Jose M. Vidal
Last modified: Mon Jan 24 11:13:54 EST 2000