Detection and resolution of normative conflicts in multi-agent systems

a literature survey

Jéssica Santos, Jean Zahn, Eduardo Silvestre, Viviane T Silva, Wamberto W M P D Vasconcelos

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Abstract

Multi-agents systems are composed of autonomous and possibly heterogeneous software agents that act according to their own interests. Some coordination mechanism must be adopted to ensure a proper functioning of the whole system. Norms can be viewed as a powerful means to regulate and influence the behaviour of the agents by specifying, for instance, obligations, permissions, or prohibitions in a given context. A critical issue that must be considered in a system governed by multiple norms is the possible existence of normative conflicts. A conflict between norms is a situation in which the fulfillment of a norm causes a violation of another one. In this paper, we present several techniques that have been proposed to detect and resolve normative conflicts in multi-agent systems. Our aim is to organize the literature, present a classification of the techniques found, and provide a means to compare alternative approaches dealing with normative conflicts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1236-1282
Number of pages47
JournalAutonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Volume31
Issue number6
Early online date1 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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Keywords

  • Norms
  • Conflict detection
  • Conflict resolution
  • Multi-agent systems

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  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Logic

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Detection and resolution of normative conflicts in multi-agent systems : a literature survey. / Santos, Jéssica; Zahn, Jean; Silvestre, Eduardo; Silva, Viviane T; Vasconcelos, Wamberto W M P D.

In: Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Vol. 31, No. 6, 11.2017, p. 1236-1282.

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Santos, Jéssica ; Zahn, Jean ; Silvestre, Eduardo ; Silva, Viviane T ; Vasconcelos, Wamberto W M P D. / Detection and resolution of normative conflicts in multi-agent systems : a literature survey. In: Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. 2017 ; Vol. 31, No. 6. pp. 1236-1282.
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