Resolving Commitments among Autonomous Agents

  • Ashok U. Mallya
  • Pınar Yolum
  • Munindar P. Singh
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-24608-4_10

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2922)
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Mallya A.U., Yolum P., Singh M.P. (2004) Resolving Commitments among Autonomous Agents. In: Dignum F. (eds) Advances in Agent Communication. ACL 2003. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2922. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Commitments are a powerful representation for modeling multiagent interactions. Previous approaches have considered the semantics of commitments and how to check compliance with them. However, these approaches do not capture some of the subtleties that arise in real-life applications, e.g., e-commerce, where contracts and institutions have implicit temporal references. The present paper develops a rich representation for the temporal content of commitments. This enables us to capture realistic contracts and institutions rigorously, and avoid subtle ambiguities. Consequently, this approach enables us to reason about whether and when exactly a commitment is satisfied or breached and whether it is or ever becomes unenforceable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashok U. Mallya
    • 1
  • Pınar Yolum
    • 2
  • Munindar P. Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Department of Artificial IntelligenceVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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