November 9 – 14 , 2008, Dagstuhl Seminar 08461

Planning in Multiagent Systems


Jürgen Dix (TU Clausthal, DE)
Edmund H. Durfee (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, US)
Cees Witteveen (TU Delft, NL)

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Planning in Multiagent Systems, or Multiagent Planning (MAP for short), considers the planning problem in the context of multiagent systems. It extends traditional AI planning to domains where multiple agents are involved in a plan and need to act together.

Research in multiagent planning is promising for real-world problems: on one hand, AI planning techniques provide powerful tools for solving problems in single agent settings; on the other hand, multiagent systems, which have made significant progress over the past few years, are recognized as a key technology for tackling complex problems in realistic application domains.

The motivation for this seminar is thus to bring together researchers working on these different fields in AI planning and multiagent systems to discuss the central topics mentioned above, to identify potential opportunities for coordination, and to develop benchmarks for future research in multiagent planning.

The seminar addressed, through presentations, panel discussions, and break-out sessions, the following topics:

  • Coordination and Task Allocation
  • Dynamic and Temporal Planning
  • Robust Planning

It is our impression that the participants enjoyed the great scientific atmosphere offered by Schloss Dagstuhl, and the scientific program which offered them ample opportunities for discussion. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to organize this fruitful seminar. Special thanks are due to the whole Dagstuhl staff for their assistance in the organization and the running of the seminar.


  • Artificial Intelligence / Robotics
  • Semantics / Specification / Formal Methods
  • Verification / Logic


  • Planning
  • Multiagent systems
  • Reasoning


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