Carnegie Mellon University
Collective Problem Solving through Coordinated Reaction

Jyi Shane Liu and Katia Sycara
Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Evolutionary Computation, June, 1994, pp. 575 - 578.

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We present a methodology, called Constraint Partition and Coordinated Reaction (CP&CR), for collective, evolutionary problem solving. Problem solving is viewed as an emergent functionality from the evolving process of a group of diverse, interacting, and well-coordinated reactive agents. Cheap and effective search knowledge is extracted from local interactions and embedded in the coordination mechanism. Our domain of problem solving is constraint satisfaction problems. We have applied the methodology to job shop scheduling, an NP-complete constraint satisfaction problem. Experimental results on a benchmark suite of problems show that CP&CR outperformed three other state-of-the-art direct search scheduling techniques, in both efficiency and number of problems solved. In addition, CP&CR was experimentally tested on problems of larger sizes and showed favorable scaling-up characteristics.

Collective Problem Solving, Agent Society, Coordination Strategy, Coordinated Search

Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Advanced Agent - Robotics Technology Lab
Number of pages: 4

Text Reference
Jyi Shane Liu and Katia Sycara, "Collective Problem Solving through Coordinated Reaction," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Evolutionary Computation, June, 1994, pp. 575 - 578.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Jyi Shane Liu and Katia Sycara",
   title = "Collective Problem Solving through Coordinated Reaction",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Evolutionary Computation",
   pages = "575 - 578",
   month = "June",
   year = "1994",
   volume = "2",