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Reusable strategies for software agents via the subsumption architecture

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3 Author(s)
G. Butler ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Concordia Univ., Montreal, Que., Canada ; A. Gantchev ; P. Grogono

The subsumption architecture is a layered mediator invented by Rodney Brooks for behaviour-based control of robots. The layers are minimally dependent and use minimal communication. We develop an object-oriented software design for the subsumption architecture, and demonstrate that each layer can be used as a slot for a set of plug-and-play components that implement different micro-strategies for achieving a particular goal. The software architecture, and the reuse of micro-strategy components, is validated by developing truck agents within the Truckin' simulation game. Guidelines for the development of specific layers and components of a subsumption architecture are also presented

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Software Engineering Conference, 1999. (APSEC '99) Proceedings. Sixth Asia Pacific

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