An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems - Second Edition

by Michael Wooldridge



Jeff Rosenschein  (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Wooldridge has, with this second edition, improved an already excellent textbook with expanded and updated treatment of the field of Multiagent Systems (MAS). Wooldridge writes with grace and humor, and covers a broad range of topics, both theoretical and practical. The first edition was a clear, indispensable introduction to this important area; this second edition will prove to be an equally important resource for introductory courses, and for researchers new to the field. Topics related to the use of game theory (cooperative and non-cooperative), economic theory, and social choice theory within MAS have been particularly expanded, as has Wooldridge's discussion of ontology languages, reflecting their increasing importance among researchers and practitioners.

Victor Lesser (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA)
This book is an authoritative, comprehensive and clearly written description of the key ideas and techniques in the field of multi-agent systems.  It is not only a must-read for anyone interested in learning about this increasingly important field but also a valuable reference source for experienced practitioners. It can be used as a textbook for both undergraduate and graduate courses in multi-agent systems.

Joerg Mueller (TU Clausthal, Germany)
When the first edition of this book hit the market in 2002, it was the first ever textbook on multiagent systems and quickly became the standard reference in the field; now, seven years later, Mike Wooldridge is back with a carefully updated and substantially extended second edition: lucidly written, it reflects additional new areas such as semantic web, coalition formation, and computational social choice theory. A must-have for all university teachers and students in computing and AI, but also for IT professionals who are looking for a coherent and clearly arranged introduction into agent-based systems: An immensely useful book, the ultimate introduction into one of the most exciting paradigms of modern computing.

Professor Nick Jennings FREng (University of Southampton, UK)

A thoroughly revised and updated book, written by one of the leading researchers in the field. This excellent book provides a wonderful introduction and a comprehensive exposition of the increasingly important field of multi-agent systems.

Peter Stone (University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Mike Wooldridge's "An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems" does a  great job of capturing this broad and rapidly developing field in a succinct way that is accessible to students.  I use it in my upper-division undergraduate class on "Autonomous MultiAgent Systems.

Lin Padgham (RMIT University, Australia)

The first edition of this book has been an excellent introduction to the area, both for senior courses and for students wishing to move into this area for research studies.  The second edition is even more comprehensive than the first, and will be an excellent text.  It maintains an ideal balance between being easy to read for the newcomer, while still containing plenty of detailed  content.  Professor Wooldridge is certainly one of the best possible people to provide a thorough overview of this quite broad and diverse community of work.