Special Issue "The Impact of Stability, Fairness, and Other Desirable Properties in Multi-Agent Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).
Interests: algorithms and computational complexity; algorithmic game theory; computational social choice; artificial intelligence; optimization problems in distributed systems and complex networks
Interests: algorithmic game theory; mechanism design; algorithms
In the last two decades, multi-agent systems have been widely investigated in artificial intelligence and algorithmics, due to strongly emerging real-life scenarios characterized by decentralization, autonomy and general lack of coordination. A large number of agents in our digital world and society exhibit various degrees of intentional or unintentional non-cooperative behaviour, while competing for shared and often scarce resources. In such a highly elusive and mutable setting, where scalability and efficiency are an issue, a suitable compromise needs to be reached among several desirable properties, such as good social welfare, stability, fairness, etc. In this respect, the general mismatch between the global optimization goals and agents’ preferences and private interests, the lack of coordination, and the pressing need for scalability and good performance all call for new research directions and solutions, resorting to tools and insights coming from the integration of algorithmic ideas with techniques borrowed from game theory and computational social choice.
Original contributions in the above frame of reference are welcome, with special concern to the following challenges:
- If a given multi-agents system reaches a stable/equilibrium configuration, how suboptimal can the resulting performance be?
- Is it possible to be fair toward all the agents (e.g., when assigning goods and resources), without overly affecting other desirable properties (e.g., social welfare)?
- Can a central authority rule systems or intervene in order to encourage a cooperative behaviour of the agents and lead them, at least partially, toward better outcomes/choices?
We would welcome contributions including, but not limited to, the following settings: fair allocation, markets, coalition and team formation, matching problems, network and congestion games, voting, social influence maximization.Prof. Dr. Michele Flammini
Dr. Bojana Kodric
Dr. Cosimo Vinci
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Games is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Multi-agent systems
- Mechanism Design
- Social Welfare
- Price of Anarchy
- Price of Stability