Motivated Agents

Reference: Morignot, P. & Hayes-Roth, B. Motivated Agents. Knowledge Systems Laboratory, July, 1996.

Abstract: We present a method for controlling autonomous agents in unpredictable environments. For this, the agent's architecture of (Hayes-Roth et al. 1995) is extended regarding spontaneous goal generation and goal selection. This method seems psychologically plausible under the term {\sl motivation}. In addition, its implementation exhibits attractive real-time characteristics, relating environment, agent's control and agent's performances. An application involves a mobile robot, actually a complete agent controlled by this method, that performs various tasks to assist in office work.

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