Communicating open systems

Mark d'Inverno, Michael Luck, Pablo Noriega, Juan A. Rodriguez-Aguilar, Carles Sierra

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-94
Number of pages57
JournalArtificial Intelligence
Early online date13 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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