Social Interactions of Autonomous Agents: Private and Global Views on Communication

  title={Social Interactions of Autonomous Agents: Private and Global Views on Communication},
  author={Frank Dignum},
  booktitle={ModelAge Workshop},
  • F. Dignum
  • Published in ModelAge Workshop 31 December 1997
  • Economics
In describing the interactions between agents we can take either a global view, where the set of all agents is seen as one big system, or a private view, where the system is identified with a single agent and the other agents form a part of the environment. Often a global view is taken to fix some protocols (like contract net) for all the possible social interactions between agents within the system. Privately the agents then have fixed reaction rules to respond to changes in the environment… 
Modelling Social Agents: Communication as Action
The main aim of this work was to describe all components in a uniform way, such that it is possible to verify each component separately but also formally describe the interactions between the different components.
The State of the Art in Agent Communication Languages
The state of the art in ACL design is examined and some principles for building a generalized ACL framework are suggested, some existing ACL models are evaluated, and the current issues in ACL research, and new perspectives are presented.
Intentional Agents and Goal Formation
This paper is about a fundamental aspect of intentional action, namely the process of goal formation, which is described thanks to the interplay between existing (built-in) goals and new beliefs.
Implementation of a Cooperative Agent Architecture Based on the Language-Action Perspective
The prototype agents show how a formal logical theory for communicating agents can be used as a sound basis for an actual implementation of Cooperative Information Agents.
Agent Communication Language: Toward a Semantics Based on Success, Satisfaction, and Recursion
This work examines Searle and Vanderveken's model of speech acts by focusing on the two fundamentals notions, success and satisfaction, and proposes an adequate formalism-the situation calculus-for representing these two notions (in a recursive way) in the context of agent communication language.
Modeling conversation policies using permissions and obligations
An extensible framework that is applicable to varied domain knowledge and different agent communication languages, and the declarative representation of conversation specifications and policies in terms of permitted and obligated speech acts are proposed.


Autonomous agents and social norms
In this paper we present concepts and their relations that are necessary for mod- eling autonomous agents in an environment that is governed by some (social) norms. We divide the norms over three
Modelling rational agents in a dynamic environment: Putting humpty dumpty together again
A formal framework to model rational agents, which considers concepts like knowledge and belief of agents, opportunities for, and results of actions that they may perform, preferences, goals, intentions and commitments, and speech acts.
Commitments and conventions: The foundation of coordination in multi-agent systems
Here agent communities are modelled using a distributed goal search formalism and it is argued that commitments (pledges to undertake a specified course of action) and conventions are the foundation of coordination in multi-agent systems.
A Logic of Capabilities
A language in which not only knowledge and actions of agents can be expressed, but also the abilities are defined, in which the possibility to express the abilities of an agent provides for a flexible and intuitively appealing framework.
Commitment and Eeectiveness of Situated Agents
The results demonstrate the feasibility of developing systems for empirical measurement of agent performance that are stable, sensitive, and capable of revealing the high-level agent characteristics such as commitment.
A Cooperation Model for Autonomous Agents
This work extends earlier research by providing a domain-independent operational framework for cooperation and negotiation, and by making a clear separation between the meta level (the negotiation process, protocols, and strategies) and the object level (joint plans and their processing) of cooperation.
Commitment and Effectiveness of Situated Agents
The results demonstrate the feasibility of developing systems for empirical measurement of agent performance that are stable, sensitive, and capable of revealing the effect of "high-level" agent characteristics such as commitment.
Reasoning About Collective Goals
This paper formalizes some of Tuomela's core concepts and proves a couple of theorems relating actions to propositional attitudes and compares the results to some other ones existing in the literature and says something about the ingredients which resist reductionism.
Intelligent Agents III. Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages ECAI'96 Workshop (ATAL), Budapest, Hungary, August 12-13, 1996, Proceedings
The design of a coordination language for multi-agent systems and a knowledge-theoretic semantics for concurrent MetateM are among us a preliminary report.
A Modal Approach to Intentions, Commitments and Obligations: Intention plus Commitment Yields Obligation
It is shown that some situations that could formerly not be expressed easily in deontic logic can be described in a natural way using the extended logic described in this paper.