Semantics for an agent communication language

  • Yannis Labrou
  • Tim Finin
Section IV: Formal Methods
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1365)


We address the issue of semantics for an agent communication language. In particular, the semantics of Knowledge Query Manipulation Language (KQML) is investigated. KQML is a language and protocol to support communication between software agents. We present a semantic description for KQML that associates states of the agent with the use of the language's primitives (performatives). We have used this approach to describe the semantics for the whole set of reserved KQML performatives. Our research offers a method for a speech act theory-based semantic description of a language of communication acts.


Agent Theory Agent Communication Formal Semantic Software Agent Propositional Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yannis Labrou
    • 1
  • Tim Finin
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science and Electrical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Maryland Baltimore CountyBaltimoreUSA

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