To quote from a book on the subject:
‘’Multiagent systems are a new paradigm for understanding and building distributed systems, where it is assumed that the computational components are autonomous: able to control their own behaviour in the furtherance of their own goals.’‘
The area is a very wide one and this entry only deals with the question of ‘knowledge’ in multiagent systems and the models of that that involve the use of modal logic.
A. Lomuscio and M. D. Ryan, An algorithmic approach to knowledge evolution, Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM), Vol. 13, No. 2 (Special issue on Temporal Logic in Engineering), 23pp, 1999.
A. Lomuscio, R. van der Meyden, and M. D. Ryan, Knowledge in Multi-Agent Systems: Initial Configurations and Broadcast, ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL), Volume 1, Issue 2, pp. 247- 284. ACM Press. October 2000.