Whitestein Series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing

The Role of Norms and Electronic Institutions in Multi-Agent Systems

The HarmonIA Framework

Authors: Vazquez-Salceda, Javier

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"It is not the consciousness of men that defines their existence, but, on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness." Karl Marx In recent years, several researchers have argued that the design of multi-agent sys­ tems (MAS) in complex, open environments can benefit from social abstractions in order to cope with problems in coordination, cooperation and trust among agents, problems which are also present in human societies. The agent-mediated electronic institutions (e-institutions for short) is a new and promising field which focuses in the concepts of norms and institutions in order to pro­ vide normative frameworks to restrict or guide the behaviour of (software) agents. The main idea is that the interactions among a group of (software) agents are ruled by a set of explicit norms expressed in a computational language representation that agents can interpret. Such norms should not be considered as a negative constraining factor but as an aid that guides the agents' choices and reduces the complexity ofthe environment making the behaviour of other agents more predictable.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Vázquez-Salceda, Javier

    Pages 3-17

  • CARREL: an Agent-Mediated System for Organ and Tissue Allocation

    Vázquez-Salceda, Javier

    Pages 19-57

  • Norms, Agents and Electronic Institutions

    Vázquez-Salceda, Javier

    Pages 59-88

  • A Multi-Layered Normative Framework for Agents

    Vázquez-Salceda, Javier

    Pages 91-114

  • A Multi-Layered Framework for Organizations

    Vázquez-Salceda, Javier

    Pages 115-145

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Role of Norms and Electronic Institutions in Multi-Agent Systems
Book Subtitle
The HarmonIA Framework
Authors
Series Title
Whitestein Series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-7955-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-7955-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7643-7057-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 274
Number of Illustrations and Tables
44 b/w illustrations
Topics