Chapter 10

Role-Based Ad Hoc Teamwork

Katie Gentera, Noa Agmonb, 1 and Peter Stonea,    aUniversity of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, bBar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel


An ad hoc team setting is one in which teammates work together to obtain a common goal, but without any prior agreement regarding how to work together. We introduce a role-based approach for ad hoc teamwork in which each teammate is inferred to be following a specialized role. In such cases, the role an ad hoc agent should select depends on its own capabilities and on the roles selected by its teammates. This chapter formally defines methods for evaluating the influence of an ad hoc agent’s role selection on the team’s utility and shows that use of these methods ...

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