Is this is a real field separate from all the things that looks similar to it? e.g. particle systems, and probability collectives (are they a thing?) and the nature-inspired algorithms people get disturbingly enthusiastic about (ant colonies, particle swarms, that one based on choirs…), and reliability engineering (Byzantine generals etc), …and quorum sensing? How about that?
When we say “multi agent systems” there is usually a presumption that the individual agents are fairly simple
Links to those themes:
- Yoav Shoham and Kevin Leyton-Brown’s textbook, Multiagent Systems Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundations is downloadable
- Distributed information processing in biological and computational systems
- Akyildiz, I. F., Su, W., Sankarasubramaniam, Y., & Cayirci, E. (2002). A survey on sensor networks. Communications Magazine, IEEE, 40(8), 102–114. Online.
- Olfati-Saber, R. (2005). Distributed Kalman Filter with Embedded Consensus Filters. In 44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2005 and 2005 European Control Conference. CDC-ECC ’05 (pp. 8179–8184). DOI.