The development of normative autonomous agents: An approach

Marx Viana, Paulo Alencar, Donald Cowan, Everton Guimaraes, Francisco Cunha, Carlos Lucena

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Abstract

Open multi-agent systems (MASs) act as societies in which autonomous and heterogeneous agents can work towards similar or different goals. In order to cope with the heterogeneity, autonomy and diversity of interests among the different agents in the society, open MASs establish a set of behavioral norms that is used as a mechanism to ensure a state of cooperation among agents. Such norms regulate the behavior of the agents by defining obligations, permissions and prohibitions. Fulfillment of a norm may be encouraged through a reward while violation of a norm may be discouraged through punishment. Although norms are promising mechanisms to regulate an agent's behavior, we should note that each agent is an autonomous entity that is free to fulfill or violate each associated norm. Thus, agents can use different strategies when deciding to achieve their goals including whether to comply with their associated norms. Agents might choose to achieve their goals while ignoring their norms, thus overlooking the rewards or punishments they may receive. In contrast agents may choose to comply with all the norms although some of their goals may not be achieved. In this context, this paper proposes a framework for simulation of normative agents providing a basis for understanding the impacts of norms on agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, WI-IAT 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages9-16
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781467396172
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2 2016
Event2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology Workshops, WI-IAT Workshops 2015 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Dec 6 2015Dec 9 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, WI-IAT 2015
Volume2

Conference

Conference2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology Workshops, WI-IAT Workshops 2015
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period12/6/1512/9/15

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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Viana, M., Alencar, P., Cowan, D., Guimaraes, E., Cunha, F., & Lucena, C. (2016). The development of normative autonomous agents: An approach. In Proceedings - 2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, WI-IAT 2015 (pp. 9-16). [7397307] (Proceedings - 2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, WI-IAT 2015; Vol. 2). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/WI-IAT.2015.197