International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems

Engineering Multi-Agent Systems pp 33-50 | Cite as

Designing a Knowledge Representation Interface for Cognitive Agents

  • Timea Bagosi
  • Joachim de Greeff
  • Koen V. Hindriks
  • Mark A. Neerincx
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9318)


The design of cognitive agents involves a knowledge representation (KR) to formally represent and manipulate information relevant for that agent. In practice, agent programming frameworks are dedicated to a specific KR, limiting the use of other possible ones. In this paper we address the issue of creating a flexible choice for agent programmers regarding the technology they want to use. We propose a generic interface, that provides an easy choice of KR for cognitive agents. Our proposal is governed by a number of design principles, an analysis of functional requirements that cognitive agents pose towards a KR, and the identification of various features provided by KR technologies that the interface should capture. We provide two use-cases of the interface by describing its implementation for Prolog and OWL with rules.


Knowledge representation technology Agent programming framework Generic interface design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timea Bagosi
    • 1
  • Joachim de Greeff
    • 1
  • Koen V. Hindriks
    • 1
  • Mark A. Neerincx
    • 1
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands

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