SSP Group Meeting

12am, 10 October, 2006
Appleton 4.03
CISA, School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh

Toward Practical Social Reasoning Architectures for Open Multiagent Systems

Michael Rovatsos

Within the field of multiagent systems, the Belief-Desire-Intention model of practical reasoning has been highly successfully and has over the years become the de facto standard for the modelling and design of deliberative agents. However, despite the fact that interaction between agents is as important as the design of individual agents in multiagen systems research, the field has so far failed to come up with an equally generic model of practical social reasoning that could be used to view existing methods for reasoning about interaction in a unified way. In this talk we discuss initial work on such a model which we call the Expectation-Strategy-Behaviour architecture and which is based on specifying expectations and the way agents can use those to coordinate their behaviour with that of others. We discuss its relationship to the BDI model, present examples of applying its principles from the area of agent communication, and present a number of promising research avenues for the future.