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All Bids for One and One Does for All: Market-Driven Multi-agent Collaboration in Robot Soccer Domain.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-39737-3_66 Conference: Computer and Information Sciences - ISCIS 2003, 18th International Symposium, Antalya, Turkey, November 3-5, 2003, Proceedings
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ABSTRACT In this paper, a novel market-driven collaborative task allocation algorithm called “Collaboration by competition / cooperation”
for the robot soccer domain is proposed and implemented. In robot soccer, two teams of robots compete with each other to win
the match. For the benefit of the team, the robots should work collaboratively, whenever possible. The market-driven approach
applies the basic properties of free market economy to a team of robots for increasing the profit of the team as much as possible.
The experimental results show that the approach is robust and flexible and the developed team is more succcessful than its
opponents.

KeywordsMarket-driven-multi-agent-collaboration-robot soccer

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