An Organisational Approach to the Design of Interaction Protocols

  • Juan Manuel Serrano
  • Sascha Ossowski
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2650)


Modern ACLs, such as FIPA ACL, provide standardised catalogues of performatives and protocols, designed as general purpose languages to ensure interoperability among agent systems. However, recent work reports a need for new ad-hoc sets of performatives and protocols 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 protocols, to the organisation of MAS. Then, the FIPA IPL is analysed from the perspective of this formal model and a principled method for the design of the IPL 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.


Multiagent System Message Exchange Organisational Approach Organisational Concept Illocutionary Action 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Manuel Serrano
    • 1
  • Sascha Ossowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Artificial Intelligence Group, School of EngineeringUniversity Rey Juan Carlos 

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