AIJ Special Issue on Autonomous Agents Modelling Other Agents

ECR member Dr. Stefano Albrecht is guest co-editor of a new special issue on Autonomous Agents Modelling Other Agents, to be published in the journal Artificial Intelligence.

Much research in artificial intelligence (AI) is concerned with enabling autonomous agents to model various aspects of other agents, such as their beliefs, intentions, plans, goals, and decision making. A recent survey by Albrecht and Stone, published in AIJ (, discusses the major modelling methods that have been developed in AI research and highlights open problems. The survey shows that this is a large area of research with a history going back several decades. However, it also shows that the area is fractured into many sub-communities with little interaction, including work in game playing, computer poker, automated negotiation, simulated robot soccer, human user modelling, human-robot interaction, commercial video games, trust and reputation, and multi-agent learning. The purpose of this special issue is to provide a venue for new technical contributions in this area addressing open problems including those highlighted in the survey, as well as to complement the above survey via research perspectives which may include historical accounts, a description of recent developments and applications, and personal views about current limitations and future directions. Topics relevant to the special issue include learning and using models of other agents' decision making processes, opponent modelling in games Methods for goal/intent/plan recognition and epistemic planning Implicit agent modelling. For more information please see the CfP.