Sims et al. - Organizational Design & Instantiation

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Multi-agent systems sometimes need to recruit the coordinated efforts of a number of agents to accomplish a task. In the framework introduced by Sims, Corkill and Lesser (2004), this is called organizational design and instantiation. It is a team-forming process of selecting goals, requirements, agents, and resources and assigning responsibilities and roles to each agent selected for the team. Since multi-agent systems need to do this no matter what application domain they operate in, a generic organizational design model is needed that encapsulates all of the general features of this function.

Sims et al. describe an organizational design process involving four major components: organizational goals, role-goal bindings, agent-role-goal bindings and coordination & management goals, described below in PAEI order:

P – Agent-Role-Goal Bindings: Provide the capabilities that will implement the organizational design.

A – Role-Goal Bindings: Given the parameters of the goals, task environment and performance requirements, design the organizational structure in terms of domain specific agent roles, productive and managerial.

E – Organizational Goals: Using information about performance requirements and the task environment, establish goals around which organizations can be planned.

I – Coordination & Management Goals: Monitor the Agent-Role-Goal bindings and provide feedback to the Role-Goal binding module about the effectiveness and efficiency of the current organizational design.

1. Sims, M., Corkill, D., & Lesser, V. (2004). “Separating Domain and Coordination in Multi-Agent Organizational Design and Instantiation.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT 2004). (pp. 155-161).
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