Competent Agents and Customising Protocols

  • Ulle Endriss
  • Wenjin Lu
  • Nicolas Maudet
  • Kostas Stathis
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-25946-6_11

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3071)
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Endriss U., Lu W., Maudet N., Stathis K. (2004) Competent Agents and Customising Protocols. In: Omicini A., Petta P., Pitt J. (eds) Engineering Societies in the Agents World IV. ESAW 2003. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3071. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In open agent societies, communication protocols and strategies cannot be assumed to always match perfectly, because they are typically specified by different designers. These potential discrepancies raise a number of interesting issues, most notably the problem of checking that the behaviour of an agent is (or will be) conformant to the rules described by a protocol. In this paper, we argue that the ability to merely conform to a protocol is not sufficient for an agent to be a competent user of that protocol. We approach the intuitive idea of protocol competence by introducing a notion that considers, broadly speaking, an agent’s ability to reach a particular state of the interaction and we provide preliminary results that allow us to automatically check competence in the context of a specific class of logic-based agents. Finally, we illustrate how these results can facilitate the customisation of protocols used by agents that are not fully competent.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulle Endriss
    • 1
  • Wenjin Lu
    • 2
  • Nicolas Maudet
    • 3
  • Kostas Stathis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ComputingImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Computing,School of InformaticsCity UniversityLondonUK
  3. 3.LAMSADE, Université Paris-DauphineFrance

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