A computational semantics for communicating rational agents based on mental models

Koen V. Hindriks, M. Birna Van Riemsdijk

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Abstract

Communication is key in a multi-agent system for agents to exchange information and coordinate their activities. In the area of agent programming, the challenge is to introduce communication primitives that are useful to a programmer of agent programs as well as semantically well-defined. Moreover, for agents that derive their choice of action from their beliefs and goals it is natural to introduce primitives that support communication related to both of these attitudes. We introduce a communication approach for multi-agent systems based on mood operators instead of the usual speech act labels and a semantics based on the idea that a message can be used to (re)construct a mental model of the sender. An operational semantics is provided that specifies the precise meaning of the primitives. Finally, to facilitate coordination in multi-agent systems, we introduce the concept of a conversation to synchronize actions and communication among agents. Conversations provide a limited resource at the multi-agent level, and provide a natural approach for multi-agent systems to coordinate agent activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgramming Multi-Agent Systems - 7th International Workshop, ProMAS 2009, Revised Selected Papers
Pages31-48
Number of pages18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Workshop on Programming Multi-Agent Systems, ProMAS 2009 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 10 May 200915 May 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5919 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference7th International Workshop on Programming Multi-Agent Systems, ProMAS 2009
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period10/05/0915/05/09

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