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BDI Agents: From Theory to Practice

Anand S. Rao, Michael P. Georgeff
The study of computational agents capable of rational behaviour has received a great deal of attention in recent years. Theoretical formalizations of such agents and their implementations have proceeded in parallel with little or no connection between them. This paper explores a particular type of rational agent, a Belief-Desire-Intention (BDI) agent. The primary aim of this paper is to integrate (a) the theoretical foundations of BDI agents from both a quantitative decision-theoretic perspective and a symbolic reasoning perspective; (b) the implementations of BDI agents from an ideal theoretical perspective and a more practical perspective; and (c) the building of large-scale applications based on BDI agents. In particular, an air-traffic management application will be described from both a theoretical and an implementation perspective.
1st International Conference on Multi Agent Systems (ICMAS 1995), pages 312-319, 12-14 June 1995.
Victor R. Lesser, Les Gasser (eds.), The MIT Press, San Francisco, CA, USA
	Address = {San Francisco, CA, USA},
	Author = {Rao, Anand S. and Georgeff, Michael P.},
	Booktitle = {1st International Conference on Multi Agent Systems (ICMAS 1995)},
	Editor = {Lesser, Victor R. and Gasser, Les},
	Isbn = {0-262-62102-9},
	Month = {12-14~} # jun,
	Pages = {312--319},
	Publisher = {The MIT Press},
	Title = {{BDI} Agents: From Theory to Practice},
	Url = {http://www.aaai.org/Papers/ICMAS/1995/ICMAS95-042},
	Year = 1995}