A distributed architecture for norm management in multi-agent systems

Andres Garcia-Camino, Juan Antonio Rodriguez-Aguilar, Wamberto W M P D Vasconcelos

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Norms, that is, obligations, prohibitions and permissions, are useful abstractions to facilitate coordination in open, heterogeneous multi-agent systems. We observe a lack of distributed architectures and non-centralised computational models for norms. We propose a model, viz., normative structures, to regulate the behaviour of autonomous agents taking part in simultaneous and possibly related activities within a multi-agent system. This artifact allows the propagation of normative positions (that is, the obligations, prohibitions and permissions associated to individual agents) as a consequence of agents' actions. Within a normative structure, conflicts may arise - one same action can be simultaneousely forbidden and obliged/permitted. This is due to the concurrent and dynamic nature of agents' interactions in a multi-agent system. However, ensuring conflict freedom of normative structures at design time is computationally intractable, and thus real-time conflict resolution is required: our architecture support the distributed management of normative positions, including conflict detection and resolution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems III
Subtitle of host publicationCOIN 2007 International Workshops COIN@AAMAS 2007, Honolulu, HI, USA, May 14, 2007 COIN@MALLOW 2007, Durham, UK, September 3-4, 2007 Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJaime Simao Sichman, Julian Padget, Sascha Ossowski, Pablo Noriega
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-79003-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-79002-0
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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