Constraint rule-based programming of norms for electronic institutions

Andres Garcia-Camino, Juan A. Rodriguez-Aguilar, Carles Sierra, Wamberto Vasconcelos

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Norms constitute a powerful coordination mechanism among heterogeneous agents. In this paper, we propose a rule language to specify and explicitly manage the normative positions of agents (permissions, prohibitions and obligations), with which distinct deontic notions and their relationships can be captured. Our rule-based formalism includes constraints for more expressiveness and precision and allows to supplement (and implement) electronic institutions with norms. We also show how some normative aspects are given computational interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-217
Number of pages32
JournalAutonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Issue number1
Early online date3 Sept 2008
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


  • Norms
  • Constraints
  • Rules
  • Electronic institutions
  • Multiagent Systems
  • Agent societies


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