Dynamic Semantics for Agent Communication Languages

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper proposes dynamic semantics for agent communication languages (ACLs) as a method for tackling some of the fundamental problems associated with agent communication in open multiagent systems. Based on the idea of providing alternative semantic "variants" for speech acts and transition rules between them that are contingent on previous agent behaviour, our framework provides an improved notion of grounding semantics in ongoing interaction, a simple mechanism for distinguishing between compliant and expected behaviour, and a way to specify sanction and reward mechanisms as part of the ACL itself. We extend a common framework for commitment-based ACL semantics to obtain these properties, discuss desiderata for the design of concrete dynamic semantics together with examples, and analyse their properties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAMAS '07 Proceedings of the 6th international joint conference on Autonomous agents and multiagent systems
PublisherACM
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-81-904262-7-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • agent communication languages, social reasoning

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