Distributing Intelligence Within an Individual

Reference: Hayes-Roth, B.; Hewett, M.; Washington, R.; Hewett, R.; & Seiver, A. Distributing Intelligence Within an Individual. Morgan Kaufmann, 1988.

Abstract: Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) refers to sytems in which decentralized, cooperative agents work synergistically to perform a task. Alternative DAI models resemble particular biological or social systems, such as teams, contract nets, or societies. Our DAI model resembles a single individual, characterized by adaptability, versatility, and coherence. The proposed DAI architecture comprises a hierarchy of loosely coupled agents for specific perception, action, and reasoning functions, all operating under the supervision of a top-level control agent. We demonstrate the proposed architecture in the Guardian system for intensive-care monitoring.

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