Interaction is Meaning: A New Model for Communication in Open Systems

Michael Rovatsos, Matthias Nickles, Gerhard Weiß

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We propose a new model for agent communication in open systems that is based on the principle that the meaning of communicative acts lies in their experienced consequences. A formal framework for analysing such evolving semantics is defined. An extensive analysis of example interaction processes shows that our framework allows for an assessment of several properties of the communicative conventions governing a multiagent system. Among other advantages, our framework is capable of providing a very straightforward definition of communicative conflict. Also, it allows agents to reason about the effects of their communicative behaviour on the structure of communicative expectations as a whole when making decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS03)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1-58113-683-8
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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