Artificial Intelligence and Law

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 69–79

Autonomous agents with norms

  • Frank Dignum

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008315530323

Cite this article as:
Dignum, F. Artificial Intelligence and Law (1999) 7: 69. doi:10.1023/A:1008315530323


In this paper we present some concepts and their relations that are necessary for modeling autonomous agents in an environment that is governed by some (social) norms. We divide the norms over three levels: the private level the contract level and the convention level. We show how deontic logic can be used to model the concepts and how the theory of speech acts can be used to model the generation of (some of) the norms. Finally we give some idea about an agent architecture incorporating the social norms based on a BDI framework.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Dignum
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  1. 1.Fac. of Maths. & Comp. Sc.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands