Model-Based Diagnosis of Multi-Agent Systems: A Survey


  • Meir Kalech Ben-Gurion University
  • Avraham Natan Ben-Gurion University



Model-Based Diagnosis, Multi-Agent Systems, Constraints


As systems involving multiple agents are increasingly deployed, there is a growing need to diagnose failures in such systems. Model-Based Diagnosis (MBD) is a well-known AI technique to diagnose faults in systems. In this approach, a model of the diagnosed system is given, and the real system is observed. A failure is announced when the real system's output contradicts the model's expected output. The model is then used to deduce the defective components that explain the unexpected observation. MBD has been increasingly being deployed in distributed and multi-agent systems. In this survey, we summarize twenty years of research in the field of model-based diagnosis algorithms for MAS diagnosis. We depict three attributes that should be considered when examining MAS diagnosis: (1) The objective of the diagnosis. Either diagnosing faults in the MAS plans or diagnosing coordination faults. (2) Centralized vs. distributed. The diagnosis method could be applied either by a centralized agent or by the agents in a distributed manner. (3) Temporal vs. non-temporal. Temporal diagnosis is used to diagnose the MAS's temporal behaviors, whereas non-temporal diagnosis is used to diagnose the conduct based on a single observation. We survey diverse studies in MBD of MAS based on these attributes, and provide novel research challenges in this field for the AI community.




How to Cite

Kalech, M., & Natan, A. (2022). Model-Based Diagnosis of Multi-Agent Systems: A Survey. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 36(11), 12334-12341.