Modeling Control Mechanisms with Normative Multiagent Systems: The Case of the Renewables Obligation
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- Boella G., Hulstijn J., Tan YH., van der Torre L. (2006) Modeling Control Mechanisms with Normative Multiagent Systems: The Case of the Renewables Obligation. In: Boissier O. et al. (eds) Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Multi-Agent Systems. AAMAS 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3913. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
This paper is about control mechanisms for virtual organizations. As a case study, we discuss the Renewables Obligation (RO), a control mechanism that was introduced in the United Kingdom to stimulate the production of renewable energy. We apply a conceptual model based on normative multiagent systems (NMAS). We propose to model both the participants and the normative system as autonomous agents, having beliefs and goals. Norms, which can be internalized by the agents as obligations, are translated into conditional beliefs and goals of the normative system, which concern both detection and sanctioning measures. We show that the model can handle both the regulative and the evidential aspects of the case.
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