Time+Place: Tuesday 04/02/2014 14:30 Room 337-8 Taub Bld.
Title: Principles of multi-agent coordination
Speaker: Yoram Moses - Colloquium Lecture http://moses.eew.technion.ac.il/
Affiliation: Electrical Engineering, Technion
Host: Johann Makowsky


While distributed and multi-agent systems vary significantly 
in many parameters including their modes of communication, 
timing, and topology guarantees, they share an essential 
locality property: actions at a given site depend on the locally 
available information, which typically consists of a partial
description of the overall state of the system.

The first part of this talk will consider three principles underlying 

coordination in multi-agent systems. The most basic principle has to
do with what agents need to know when they perform a given action. It

gives rise to two other principles, that capture the information
requirements (what agents need to know about other agents) underlying

sequential and simultaneous coordination. These principles are
universal in the sense that they apply equally well to a set of
servers in a datacenter, a set of robots playing soccer, nodes of a
wireless sensor network, or ants in an ant colony. The second part of 

the talk will use the observations made in the first part to capture
the role of time and timing information in coordinating actions in
systems with clocks.

The talk is intended for a broad computer science audience, and will
not assume prior familairity with the subject. The second part is
based on joint work with Ido Ben Zvi.

Short Bio:
Yoram Moses is the Israel Pollak academic chair at the Technion, and a 
professor in the Technion's Electrical Engineering department. He 
received the 1997 Godel prize and 2009 Dijkstra prize for his work 
on knowledge in distributed systems. In the Spring semester of this 
academic year, he will teach a graduate course expanding on the topics 
of this talk.