SSP Group Meeting

11am, 23 November, 2004
Room 4.03, Appleton Tower
CISA, School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh

Three Definitions of Rational Agency

Chris Walton

Our agent protocol languages (MAP and LCC) are intended to guide the interactions of rational agents.   By design, these languages do not enforce any particular model of rational behaviour on the agents. Nonetheless, it is important to appreciate the kinds of rational behaviours that our agents may adopt.   Therefore, in this talk I will outline three popular definitions of rational agency: reactive agents, practical-reasoning agents, and deductive-reasoning agents. I will also sketch the connection to agent protocols.