Artifacts in the A&A Meta-Model for Multi-Agent Systems


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Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Mirko Viroli

Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems 17(3), pages 432-456
December 2008

<div>In this article we focus on the notion of artifact for agents in MAS (multi-agent systems) as a basis for a new meta-model promoting the modelling and engineering of agent societies and MAS environment as first-class entities.
Its conceptual foundations lay upon theories and results coming from computational sciences as well as from organisational and cognitive sciences, psychology, CSCW, anthropology and ethology.
In the resulting A&A (agents & artifacts) meta-model, agents are the (pro-)active entities in charge of the goals/tasks that altogether build up the whole MAS behaviour, whereas artifacts are the reactive entities providing the services and functions that make individual agents work together in a MAS, and that shape agent environment according to the MAS needs.</div>

<div>After presenting the scientific background, we define the notions of artifact in the A&A meta-model, discuss how it affects the notion of intelligence in MAS, and show its application to a number of agent-related research fields.</div>

Special Issue on Foundations, Advanced Topics and Industrial Perspectives of Multi-Agent Systems

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Andrea Omicini, Peter McBurney

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published

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— publication date

December 2008

— journal

Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

— volume

17

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3

— pages

432-456

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10.1007/s10458-008-9053-x

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10.1007/s10458-008-9053-x

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11585/62574

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2-s2.0-52949149709

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000259411800004

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1387-2532

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1573-7454

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Special Issue on Foundations, Advanced Topics and Industrial Perspectives of Multi-Agent Systems

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