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Communicating open systems

d'Inverno, Mark; Luck, Michael; Noriega, Pablo; Rodriguez-Aguilar, Juan A and Sierra, Carles. 2012. Communicating open systems. Artificial Intelligence, 186, pp. 38-94. ISSN 0004-3702 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Just as conventional institutions are organisational structures for coordinating the activities of multiple interacting individuals, electronic institutions provide a computational analogue for coordinating the activities of multiple interacting software agents. In this paper, we argue that open multi-agent systems can be effectively designed and implemented as electronic institutions, for which we provide a comprehensive computational model. More specifically, the paper provides an operational semantics for electronic institutions, specifying the essential data structures, the state representation and the key operations necessary to implement them. We specify the agent workflow structure that is the core component of such electronic institutions and particular instantiations of knowledge representation languages that support the institutional model. In so doing, we provide the first formal account of the electronic institution concept in a rigorous and unambiguous way.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.artint.2012.03.004

Keywords:

Open systems; Agent communication; Formal languages; Electronic institutions

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing
Computing > Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group (EAVI)

Dates:

DateEvent
July 2012Published

Item ID:

9172

Date Deposited:

18 Oct 2013 12:03

Last Modified:

11 Jul 2018 03:50

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9172

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