Graphically explaining norms

Madalina Croitoru, Nir Oren, Simon Miles, Michael Luck

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution


While much work has focused on the creation of norm aware agents, much less has been concerned with aiding a system's designers in understanding the effects of norms on a system. However, since norms are generally pre-determined by designers, providing such support can be critical in enabling norm refinement for more effective or efficient system regulation. In this paper, we address just this problem by providing explanations as to why some norm is applicable, violated, or in some other state. We make use of conceptual graph based semantics to provide an easily interpretable graphical representation of the norms within a system. Such a representation allows for visual explanation of the state of norms, showing for example why they may have been activated or violated. These explanations then enables easy understanding of the system operation without needing to follow the system's underlying logic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Autunomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
EditorsMichael Luck, Sandip Sen
Place of PublicationRichland, SC, USA
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)978-0982657119
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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