Reasoning with group norms in software agent organisations

Huib Aldewereld, Virginia Dignum, Wamberto Vasconcelos*

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Norms have been used to represent desirable behaviours that software agents should exhibit in sophisticated multi-agent solutions. An important open research issue refers to group norms, i.e. norms that govern groups of agents. Depending on the interpretation, group norms may be intended to affect the group as a whole, each member of a group, or some members of the group. Moreover, upholding group norms may require coordination among the members of the group.We have identified three sets of agents affected by group norms, namely, (i) the addressees of the norm, (ii) those that will act on it, and (iii) those that are responsible to ensure norm compliance. We present a formalism to represent these, connecting it to a minimalist agent organisation model. We use our formalism to develop a reasoning mechanism which enables agents to identify their position with respect to a group norm, so as to further support agent autonomy and coordination when deciding on possible courses of action.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Normes in Agent Systems XI - COIN 2015 International Workshops COIN@AAMAS, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9783319426907
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Coordination, Organisations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems, 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 May 20154 May 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Coordination, Organisations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems, 2015


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