COMP41400 Multi-Agent Systems

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module aims to introduce students to the concept of multi-agent systems. The course commences with a eview of the fundamental concepts that underpin agent-based systems,.Thereafter a number of topics will be covered including inter alia: agent reasoning technologies, agent communication languages, agent programming languages, coordination protocols agent planning and negotiation strategies. Following this, the course explores how agent technologies have been successfully applied to a diverse range of application domains, such as mobile computing, virtual collaborative environments, and robotics. During the course, students are required to evaluate an agent programming, framework that delivers structured support for the development and deployment of agent-oriented applications.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1.understand the key concepts that are associated with multi-agent systems, and its associated technologies and techniques.
2. Have an appreciation as to how to implement a simple agent system in an appropriate framework.
3 understand how the approach covered in the course relates to other approaches to implementing agent-oriented applications.
4 Understand the Belief Desire Intention (BDI) model for multi-agent systems;
5.understand how agent technologies have been applied in various application domains.On completion of this module students should be able to:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will comprise of a series of formal lectures.

Students will be invited to undertake self directed learning tasks throughout the module.

These tasks will serve to supplement formal lecture materials and exercise the students understanding of lecture materials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Multi-Agent Systems (COMP30240)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Series of Laboratories through the semester focused on programming agents using the ASTRA Programming language Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Review of Existing Agent Tool / Framework Week 4 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Small teams of 2-3 people who work together to tackle a specific problem using agent programming Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

There are no formal graded assessments for this module other than an end of module examination. Students will be invited to undertake tasks and self directed learning activities. Where students wish feedback upon these this can be provided.

Name Role
Mr Cesar Scrochi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Nestor Velasco Bermeo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mrs Katharine Beaumont Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 4 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 13:00 - 14:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 4 Mon 14:00 - 14:50