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An Agent-Based Activity Microsimulation Kernel Using a Negotiation Metaphor

  • Author(s): Rindt, Craig R.
  • Marca, James E.
  • McNally, Michael G.
  • et al.

This paper describes the development and implementation of an agent-based activity microsimulation kernel based upon the concept that human activity is the negotiated interaction of socially and physically situated individuals and organizations. The kernel uses a modification of the contract-net protocol from the distributed artificial intelligence literature to represent the "physics" of interaction in human activity settings. The details of the kernel design and implementation are discussed.

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