We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK


93% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > A survey of privacy in multi-agent systems
View graph of relations

« Back

A survey of privacy in multi-agent systems

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Journal publication date06/2014
JournalKnowledge Engineering Review
Number of pages31
Original languageEnglish


Privacy has been a concern for humans long before the explosive growth of the Internet. The advances in information technologies have further increased these concerns. This is because the increasing power and sophistication of computer applications offers both tremendous opportunities for individuals, but also significant threats to personal privacy. Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems are examples of the level of sophistication of computer applications. Autonomous agents usually encapsulate personal information describing their principals, and therefore they play a crucial role in preserving privacy. Moreover, autonomous agents themselves can be used to increase the privacy of computer applications by taking advantage of the intrinsic features they provide, such as artificial intelligence, pro-activeness, autonomy, and the like. This article introduces the problem of preserving privacy in computer applications and its relation to autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. It also surveys privacy-related studies in the field of multi-agent systems and identifies open challenges to be addressed by future research.

Bibliographic note

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=KER The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, The Knowledge Engineering Review, 29 (3), pp 314-344 2014, © 2013 Cambridge University Press.