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Multi-agent systems are viewed as consisting of individual agents whose behaviors are regulated by an organization artefact. This paper presents a simplified version of a programming language that is designed to implement norm-based artefacts. Such artefacts are specified in terms of norms being enforced by monitoring, regimenting and sanctioning… (More)
We present a programming language for implementing multi-agent systems consisting of a set of individual agents that interact with a computational organization specified in terms of roles, norms and sanctions. We provide an operational semantics of the language that can serve as a basis for the implementation of organizational platforms. The view on roles… (More)
To adequately deal with the unpredictable and dynamic environments normative frameworks are typically deployed in, mechanisms for modifying the norms at runtime are crucial. We present the syntax and operational semantics of generic programming constructs to facilitate runtime norm modification, allowing a programmer to specify when and how the norms may be… (More)
Abstract—Normative concepts (e.g., obligations and prohibitions) are seen as a suitable tool for regulating the observable behavior of software agents. An enforcement mechanism – a process that detects when a norm is active, detects violations of the norms and handles these violations – is crucial for the practical use of norms in the… (More)
MAS consist of individual agents that are: autonomous: pursues its own objectives. heterogeneous: internal state and operations not known to external entities.
In most agent programming languages in practice a programmer is committed to the use of a single knowledge representation technology. In this paper we argue this is not necessarily so. It is shown that rational agent programming languages allow for the combination of various such technologies. Specific issues that have to be addressed to realize such… (More)