MAIA (MAchines Intelligentes Autonomes/Autonomous Intelligent MAchines) is a research group interested in intelligent decision-making behaviors. Its main research areas are:

Complex Systems and

Multi-Agent Systems

Sequential decision making under uncertainty

Study of emergent behaviors in groups of reactive entities (agents).

  • Bio-inspiration (ant algorithms, swarm behaviors...)
  • Inspiration from physics (...)
  • Cellular automata
  • ...

Specific problems considered in the team include:

  • Coordination (decision-making for multi-agent systems)
  • Planning in large state-space Markov Decision Processes
  • Progressive/incremental/life-long reinforcement learning

Note: In January 2008, part of the Maia team evolved into a new team called Kiwi (

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