Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Software Agents (Sommersemester 2005)


Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.01.1970
  • Lehrform:
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul


  • IT-Systems Engineering MA


Subject Overview

Software agents have become an important technology in building complex software systems in many areas including business, commerce, industry, telecommunication, and especially in the Web applications. Software agents are computing entities which act autonomously and interact with each other to accomplish tasks on behalf of their users or other entities. The course introduces the basic concepts and elements of software agent technology and applications.


Subject Objectives:

Understand the concepts and design principles of software agents including intelligent agents and multi-agent systems.



  • Subject Overview and Introduction
  • Software Agents, Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Deductive Reasoning Agents
  • Practical Reasoning Agents
  • Reactive and Hybrid Agents
  • Agent Interactions
  • Agent Negotiation
  • Agent Communication
  • Agent Coordination
  • Methodologies
  • Applications


Text Book:

  • "An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems" by Michael Wooldridge, John Wiley & Sons, 2002


Other Resources:

Lern- und Lehrformen

  • Lecture: 2 hours each
  • Tutorial/Practice: 2 hour each



  • Assignments: Design and implementation of agent components of simple multi-agent system (e.g. interaction protocol, coordination)
  • Examination


  • Week of 12 September 2005
  • Week of 26 September 2005