Multiple Society Organisations and Social Opacity: When Agents Play the Role of Observers

  • Nuno David
  • Jaime Simão Sichman
  • Helder Coelho
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2507)


Organisational models in MAS usually position agents as plain actors-observers within environments shared by multiple agents and organisational structures at different levels of granularity. In this article, we propose that the agents’ capacity to observe environments with heterogeneous models of other agents and societies can be enhanced if agents are positioned as socially opaque observers to other agents and organisational structures. To this end, we show that the delegation of the observation role to an artificial agent is facilitated with organisational models that circumscribe multiple opaque spaces of interaction at the same level of abstraction. In the context of the SimCog project [9], we exemplify how our model can be applied to artificial observation of multi-agent-based simulations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuno David
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jaime Simão Sichman
    • 2
  • Helder Coelho
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Information Science and TechnologyISCTE/DCTILisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Intelligent Techniques LaboratoryUniversity of São PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsUniversity of LisbonPortugal

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