There are two contrary types of approaches to multiagent design and modelling, each having its specific shortcomings: first, top-down (normative) approaches that emphasise social level control; and second, bottom-up (constructivist) approaches that emphasise agent autonomy. This paper introduces a "middle way" between these two types. A novel social reasoning architecture called INFFRA is described that integrates normative and constructivist properties. This architecture is based on the sociological concepts of frame and framing and focuses on the cognitive processing of social and organisational knowledge. It is presented at a conceptual level, and first suggestions are made as to its concrete implementation, as well as comments on open problems that we find challenging for our future research.
|Title of host publication||Pre-proceedings of the Modelling Autonomous Agents in a Multiagent World Workshop (MAAMAW'01)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|