Semantics and Pragmatics for Agent Communication

  • Rodrigo Agerri
  • Eduardo Alonso
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11595014_52

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3808)
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Agerri R., Alonso E. (2005) Semantics and Pragmatics for Agent Communication. In: Bento C., Cardoso A., Dias G. (eds) Progress in Artificial Intelligence. EPIA 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3808. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

For the successful management of interactions in open multi-agent systems, a social framework is needed to complement a standard semantics and interaction protocols for agent communication. In this paper a rights-based framework in which interaction protocols and conversation policies acquire their meaning is presented. Rights improve interaction and facilitate social action in multi-agent domains. Rights allow agents enough freedom, and at the same time constrain them (prohibiting specific actions). A general framework for agent communication languages (ACLs) is proposed, defining a set of performatives (semantics) and showing why a set of conversation policies to guide agent’s interactions (pragmatics) is needed. Finally, we show how it is possible to model interaction protocols within a rights-based normative open MAS.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodrigo Agerri
    • 1
  • Eduardo Alonso
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of ComputingCity UniversityLondonUK

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