When Agents Communicate Hypotheses in Critical Situations

  • Gauvain Bourgne
  • Nicolas Maudet
  • Suzanne Pinson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4327)


This paper discusses the problem of efficient propagation of uncertain information in dynamic environments and critical situations. When a number of (distributed) agents have only partial access to information, the explanation(s) and conclusion(s) they can draw from their observations are inevitably uncertain. In this context, the efficient propagation of information is concerned with two interrelated aspects: spreading the information as quickly as possible, and refining the hypotheses at the same time. We describe a formal framework designed to investigate this class of problem, and we report on preliminary results and experiments using the described theory.


Critical Situation Reputation System Interaction Protocol Communication Step Ground Instance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gauvain Bourgne
    • 1
  • Nicolas Maudet
    • 1
  • Suzanne Pinson
    • 1
  1. 1.LAMSADE, Université Paris-DauphineParis Cedex 16France

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