Towards an Architecture for Self-regulating Agents: A Case Study in International Trade

  • Brigitte Burgemeestre
  • Joris Hulstijn
  • Yao-Hua Tan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6069)


Norm-enforcement models applied in human societies may serve as an inspiration for the design of multi-agent systems. Models for norm-enforcement in multi-agent systems often focus either on the intra- or inter-agent level. We propose a combined approach to identify objectives for an architecture for self-regulating agents. In this paper we assess how changes on the inter-agent level affect the intra-agent level and how a generic BDI architecture IRMA can be adapted for self-regulation. The approach is validated with a case study of AEO certification, a European wide customs initiative to secure the supply chain while facilitating international trade.


Self-regulation agent architectures compliance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brigitte Burgemeestre
    • 1
  • Joris Hulstijn
    • 1
  • Yao-Hua Tan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.PGS IT Audit, Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationVrije Universiteit 
  2. 2.Department of Technology, Policy and ManagementDelft University of Technology 

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