Embodied Organisations in MAS Environments

Michele Piunti, Alessandro Ricci, Olivier Boissier, Jomi F. Hubner

Proceedings of Seventh German conference on Multi-Agent System Technologies (MATES 2009), pages 115-127
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5774,  2009
Lars Braubach, Wiebe van der Hoek, Paolo Petta, Alexander Pokahr (eds.)

Agents and Artifacts model extended with organisation promotes
artifact based environments aimed at supporting multiagent
coordination and goal oriented interactions and communication.
Nevertheless, the use of artifacts for organisational purposes
constrains agents to be aware of complex structures described in an
organisational specification: an organisational specification: for
instance, agents have to understand and be able to manipulate low
level primitives which may be not proper of an application domain.
To ease this requirement, we propose ``organisational embodiment
rules'' as a programmable layer for building embodied organisational
artifacts (EOA) through their binding to environment artifacts.
EOAs are aimed at transparently interceding with the organisational
structures, and at enabling possibly organisation-unaware agents to
seamlessly play in organisations with no need to deal with low level
mechanisms of an organisational specification.
We propose a formal description along with examples enlightening
benefits of the proposed approach with respect to related ones.

(keywords) Multi Agent Systems, Organizations, Agents and Artifacts
series = {LNCS},
booktitle = {Proceedings of Seventh German conference on Multi-Agent System Technologies (MATES 2009)},
publisher = {Springer},
author = {Piunti, Michele and Ricci, Alessandro and Boissier, Olivier and Hubner, Jomi F. },
title = {Embodied Organisations in MAS Environments},
isbn = {978-3-642-04142-6},
year = 2009,
keywords = {Multi Agent Systems, Organizations, Agents and Artifacts},
pages = {115--127},
editor = {Braubach, Lars and van der Hoek, Wiebe and Petta, Paolo and Pokahr, Alexander},
volume = 5774

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