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Specification and Implementation of a Belief-Desire-Joint-Intention Architecture for Collaborative Problem Solving

Jennings, N. R. (1993) Specification and Implementation of a Belief-Desire-Joint-Intention Architecture for Collaborative Problem Solving Int. Journal of Intelligent and Cooperative Information Systems, 2, (3), pp. 289-318.

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Systems composed of multiple interacting problem solvers are becoming increasingly pervasive and have been championed in some quarters as the basis of the next generation of intelligent information systems. If this technology is to fulfill its true potential then it is important that the systems which are developed have a sound theoretical grounding. One aspect of this foundation, namely the model of collaborative problem solving, is examined in this paper. A synergistic review of existing models of cooperation is presented, their weaknesses are highlighted and a new model (called joint responsibility) is introduced. Joint responsibility is then used to specify a novel high-level agent architecture for cooperative problem solving in which the mentalistic notions of belief, desire, intention and joint intention play a central role in guiding an individual’s and the group’s problem solving behaviour. An implementation of this highlevel architecture is then discussed and its utility is illustrated for the real-world domain of electricity transportation management.

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Published date: 1993
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity


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Date deposited: 13 Dec 1999
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:07

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Author: N. R. Jennings

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