An Organizational Metamodel for the Design of Catalogues of Communicative Actions
Modern ACLs, such as FIPA ACL, provide standardized catalogues of performatives denoting types of communicative actions. They have been designed as general purpose languages to ensure interoperability among agent systems. However, recent work reports a need for new ad-hoc sets of performatives in certain contexts, showing that FIPA ACL does not support adequately all relevant types of interactions. In this paper we first present a formal model that relates performatives, and other ACL-related concepts, to the organization of MAS. Then, a principled method for the design of the ACL of a particular MAS is developed, which account for both, reusability and expressiveness. Finally, we illustrate our approach by an example in the domain of online stock brokering.
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