Title: Plan Execution by Contracting in a Multi­Agent Environment
Published: 1999
Authors: Bamshad Mobasher, John Collins, Corey Bilot, Rashmi Sundareswara, Joshua van Tonder, Maria Gini
Abstract: We present a computational model of planning, scheduling, and execution that is capable of supporting the interactions of a self­interested agent with other agents in a contracting environment over an extended period of time. The model is appropriate for situations in which a customer agent, in order to fulfill its goals, must contract with other supplier agents for all or part of the necessary tasks. The agents are assumed to be self­interested and with limited rationality. Supplier agents attempt to gain the greatest possible benefit, and customer agents will attempt to pay the lowest price.
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