Online Automated Synthesis of Compact Normative Systems

Javier Morales, Maite Lopez-Sanchez, Juan A. Rodriguez-Aguilar, Wamberto Vasconcelos, Michael Wooldridge

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Most normative systems make use of explicit representations of norms (namely, obligations, prohibitions, and permissions) and associated mechanisms to support the self-regulation of open societies of self-interested and autonomous agents. A key problem in research on normative systems is that of how to synthesise effective and efficient norms. Manually designing norms is time consuming and error prone. An alternative is to automatically synthesise norms. However, norm synthesis is a computationally complex problem. We present a novel online norm synthesis mechanism, designed to synthesise compact normative systems. It yields normative systems composed of concise (simple) norms that effectively coordinate a multiagent system (MAS) without lapsing into overregulation. Our mechanism is based on a central authority that monitors a MAS, searching for undesired states. After detecting undesirable states, the central authority then synthesises norms aimed to avoid them in the future. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach through experimental results.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages33
JournalACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems
Issue number1
Early online date1 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015


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