Formalising Collaborative Decision Making and Practical Reasoning in Multi-Agent Systems
Panzarasa, P., Jennings, N. R. and Norman, T. J. (2002) Formalising Collaborative Decision Making and Practical Reasoning in Multi-Agent Systems. Journal of Logic and Computation, 12, (1), 55-117.
In this paper, we present an abstract formal model of decision-making in a social setting that covers all aspects of the process, from recognition of a potential for cooperation through to joint decision. In a multi-agent environment, where self-motivated autonomous agents try to persue their own goals, a joint decision cannot be taken for granted. In order to decide effectively, agents need the ability to (a) represent and maintain a model of their own mental attitudes, (b) reason about other agents' mental states. Social mental shaping is advocated as a general mechanism for attempting to have an impact on agents' mental states in order to increase their cooperativeness towards a joint decision. Our approach is to specify a novel, high-level architecture for collaborative decision-making in which the mentalistic notions of belief, desire, goal, intention, preference and commitment play a central role in guiding the individual agent's and the group's decision-making behaviour. We identify preconditions that must be fulfilled before collaborative decision-making can commence and prescribe how cooperating agents should behave, in terms of their own decision-making apparatus and their interactions with others, when the decision-making process is progressing satisfactorily. The model is formalized through a new, many-sorted, multi-modal logic.
|Divisions:||Faculty of Physical and Applied Science > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
|Date Deposited:||01 Nov 2002|
|Last Modified:||02 Mar 2012 13:19|
|Contributors:||Panzarasa, P. (Author)
Jennings, N. R. (Author)
Norman, T. J. (Author)
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