Negotiating the Semantics of Agent Communication Languages

Chris Reed, Timothy J Norman, Nicholas R. Jennings

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Abstract

This article presents a formal framework and outlines a method that autonomous agents can use to negotiate the semantics of their communication language at run-time. Such an ability is needed in open multi-agent systems so that agents care ensure they understand the implications of the utterances that are being made and so that they can tailor the meaning of the primitives to best fit their prevailing circumstances. To this end, the semantic space framework provides a systematic means of classifying the primitives along multiple relevant dimensions. This classification can then be used by the agents to structure their negotiation (or semantic firing) process so that they converge to the mutually agreeable semantics that are necessary for coherent social interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-252
Number of pages23
JournalComputational Intelligence
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2002

Keywords

  • agent communication languages
  • semantic space
  • semantic fixing

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