Intelligent Agents VI. Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages

Volume 1757 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 364-378

Deliberative Normative Agents: Principles and Architecture

  • Cristiano CastelfranchiAffiliated withNational Research Council – Institute of Psychology, Division of AI, Cognitive Modelling and Interaction, PSCS – Social Simulation Project
  • , Frank DignumAffiliated withFaculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • , Catholijn M. JonkerAffiliated withDepartment of Artificial Intelligence, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • , Jan TreurAffiliated withDepartment of Artificial Intelligence, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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In this paper norms are assumed to be useful in agent societies. It is claimed that not only following norms, but also the possibility of ‘intelligent’ norm violation can be useful. Principles for agents that are able to behave deliberatively on the basis of explicitly represented norms are identified and an architecture is introduced. Using this agent architecture, norms can be communicated, adopted and used as meta-goals on the agent’s own processes. As such they have impact on deliberation about goal generation, goal selection, plan generation and plan selection.