Intelligent agents are an integral part of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research. In AI an intelligent agent is an autonomous entity created to be rational, with the ability to interact with the environment and other agents, and the ability to choose and pursue its own goals. One often speaks of Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) in this context, where a MAS is a system composed of multiple interacting intelligent agents.
MAS research is interdisciplinary involving economics, social choice, political science, philosophy and touches upon many topics in AI from logic and theoretical foundations, to robotics.