From practice to theory in designing autonomous agents

  • Lorenzo Sommaruga
  • Nadia Catenazzi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1087)


The purpose of this paper is to introduce some principles, in the form of assumptions, which could be useful to consider in developing agents architecture. These principles provide design guidelines concerning agent and group structuring, communication, decision making, and computational aspects for agent cooperation. They generate requirements and constraints for cooperative agents development.

These principles have been derived from the CooperA experience in designing and implementing architectural frameworks for agent cooperation. In particular, basic characteristics of autonomous agents have been formalised in a computational model.


Agent architecture cooperation theoretical foundations multi-agent interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorenzo Sommaruga
    • 1
  • Nadia Catenazzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Intelligent Agents Lab. (LAI), Computer Science Dept.Universidad Carlos III de MadridSpain

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