© 2000

Issues in Agent Communication

  • Frank Dignum
  • Mark Greaves

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1916)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 1916)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. ACL Semantics and Practice

    1. Frank Dignum, Mark Greaves
      Pages 1-16
    2. Koen V. Hindriks, Frank S. de Boer, Wiebe van der Hoek, John-Jules C. Meyer
      Pages 63-79
    3. Rogier M. van Eijk, Frank S. de Boer, Wiebe van der Hoek, John-Jules C. Meyer
      Pages 80-95
  3. Conversation Policy Description

    1. Mark Greaves, Heather Holmback, Jeffrey Bradshaw
      Pages 118-131
    2. Laurence R. Phillips, Hamilton E. Link
      Pages 132-143
  4. Conversation Speci cation

    1. R. Scott Cost, Ye Chen, Tim Finin, Yannis Labrou, Yun Peng
      Pages 178-192
    2. Fuhua Lin, Douglas H. Norrie, Weiming Shen, Rob Kremer
      Pages 193-204
    3. Mihai Barbuceanu, Wai-Kau Lo
      Pages 220-234
    4. Laurent Vongkasem, Brahim Chaib-draa
      Pages 235-248
    5. Francisco J. Martin, Enric Plaza, Juan A. Rodríguez-Aguilar
      Pages 249-263
  5. Conversations and Tasks

    1. Frank Dignum, Barbara Dunin-Kȩplicz, Rineke Verbrugge
      Pages 264-280

About this book


A first attempt to develop a standardized agent communication language (ACL) resulted in KQML, probably the most widely used such language. However, a lot of technical work remains to be done. Even worse, so far, there seems to be little consensus on the basics of agent communication and there is no clear understanding of the semantics of individual speech acts or even of the basic concepts that should be used to define the semantics.
This book documents two workshops on communication in MAS held in 1999, one on Specifying and Implementing Conversation Policies (SICP) and the other in Agent Communication Languages and presents the current state of the art of research in the field. A detailed introductory overview by the volume editors highlights a number of issues that play an important role in agent communication.


ACL Semantics Agent Collaboration Agent Communication Agent Communication Languages Agent Conversation Agent Coordination Agent Systems Distributed Artificial Intelligence Distributed Systems agents knowledge representation modeling multi-agent system programming semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Dignum
    • 1
  • Mark Greaves
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Information and Computing SciencesUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Vulcan 

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