Models of Interaction
In multi-agent systems, an agent needs to reason about its beliefs,
goals, desires, intentions, and those of others, in order to make
informed and context-dependent decisions about what actions to take.
Moreover, when an agent is situated in a multi-agent "society", it
should incorporate notions such as obligations and social norms into its
Our work involves developing new models and techniques for
capturing and specifying the interactions that take place between
cooperative or competitive agents.
The group conducts research on issues
such as teamwork and collaboration, social and organisational issues,
negotiation strategies, negotiation with incomplete and dynamic
preferences, and interaction protocols. Past projects have included
development of a teamwork framework for robots competing in the RoboCup
The group interacts with a number of industry partners through collaborative research projects, including Agent Oriented Software Pty. Ltd., the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), and Neuragenix Pty. Ltd.
Publications: Models of interaction and context aware applications
Support for context-aware applications
With the increasing adoption of mobile technologies, users are
confronted with new issues previously reserved for complex machine
This complexity presents a challenge for both interaction and
The group investigates the opportunities for the
use of agent technology to meet the challenges faced by designers and
developers of mobile, context aware applications.
Some of this work is
conducted in collaboration with the Interaction Design Group.
Contact: Liz Sonenberg