Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 169–194 | Cite as

The Origins of Ontologies and Communication Conventions in Multi-Agent Systems

  • Luc Steels


The paper proposes a complex adaptive systems approach to the formation of an ontology and a shared lexicon in a group of distributed agents with only local interactions and no central control authority. The underlying mechanisms are explained in some detail and results of some experiments with robotic agents are briefly reported.

origins of language self-organization distributed agents open systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luc Steels
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  1. 1.Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris and Artificial Intelligence LaboratoryVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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