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Introduction to planning in multiagent systems


In most multiagent systems planning on forehand can help to seriously improve the efficiency of executing actions. The main difference between centrally creating a plan and constructing a plan for a system of agents lies in the fact that in the latter coordination plays the main part. This introduces a number of additional difficulties. This special issue discusses some of these difficulties in detail. To place these in a context, this introduction gives a brief overview of multiagent planning problems, and most multiagent planning techniques.