jDALMAS: A Java/Prolog Framework for Deontic Action-Logic Multi-Agent Systems

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A norm-regulated Deontic Action-Logic Multi-Agent System (DALMAS) is regulated by a normative system consisting of norms, which are expressed in an algebraic notation based on the Kanger-Lindahl theory of normative positions. A general-level Prolog implementation of the abstract DALMAS architecture makes it possible to implement specific systems in Prolog. This work describes jDALMAS, a Java library that may be used to create DALMAS applications in Java. A jDALMAS application has a client/server architecture, where a Prolog implementation of a specific system acts as a logic server. Together, the general-level Prolog implementation and the jDALMAS packages offer a framework for implementation of specific systems. Two examples of such implementations are presented here.