BDI Agents: From Theory to Practice

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Anand S. Rao, Michael P. Georgeff
Victor R. Lesser, Les Gasser (eds.)
1st International Conference on Multi Agent Systems (ICMAS 1995), pages 312–319
The MIT Press, San Francisco, CA, USA
June 1995

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.