Rights and Commitment in Multi-Agent Agreements

Timothy J Norman, Carles Sierra, Nicholas R Jennings

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For agents to act in collaboration they often require an agreement that describes how they are to act to which they are committed Typically agreements are characterised as an explicit course of action or a goal to be achieved In this paper it is argued such agreements may over specify the interaction required To overcome this problem a novel formalisation of agreements between agents is presented that is based on rights as well as actions to be performed Each agent that is involved in an agreement is bound to uphold the rights of others and the implications of exercising rights and acting for others It is argued that this approach provides agents with greater exibility in the agreements they may reach while retaining the necessary group commitment
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third International Conference on Multi-Agent Systems
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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