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Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

Volume 5357 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 206-213

From Obligations to Organizational Structures in Multi-Agent Systems

  • J. Octavio Gutiérrez-GarcíaAffiliated withLCIS Research Laboratory, Grenoble Institute of TechnologyCentro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Guadalajara
  • , Jean-Luc KoningAffiliated withLCIS Research Laboratory, Grenoble Institute of Technology
  • , Félix F. Ramos-CorchadoAffiliated withCentro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Guadalajara

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Abstract

The achievement of common objectives in multi-agent systems is only possible through interaction and coordination; in order to implement both aspects in a effective manner, rules to direct the behavior of a group of agents are necessary, however, existing rules are usually static, inflexible, and inappropriate for large systems, where dynamic interaction takes place. We propose modeling agent behavior by means of obligations, utilized as social norms, delineating agents’ roles as independent components, which can be grouped into organizational structures. Moreover, such organizations can be deployed on a service oriented platform, where the composition of organizations leads to the creation of new services.

Keywords

Multi-agent systems interaction protocols social norms