Issues in Agent Communication

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Frank Dignum, Mark Greaves
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 29, 2000 - Computers - 351 pages
A first attempt to develop a standardized agent communication language (ACL) resulted in KQML, probably the most widely used such language. However, a lot of technical work remains to be done. Even worse, so far, there seems to be little consensus on the basics of agent communication and there is no clear understanding of the semantics of individual speech acts or even of the basic concepts that should be used to define the semantics.
This book documents two workshops on communication in MAS held in 1999, one on Specifying and Implementing Conversation Policies (SICP) and the other in Agent Communication Languages and presents the current state of the art of research in the field. A detailed introductory overview by the volume editors highlights a number of issues that play an important role in agent communication.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Semantic Normative and Practical Aspects of Agent Communication
17
A Social Semantics for Agent Communication Languages
31
From the Sincerity Condition to Ethical Agents
46
Semantics of Communicating Agents Based on Deduction and Abduction
63
Operational Semantics for Agent Communication Languages
80
An Approach to Using XML and a RuleBased Content Language with an Agent Communication Language
96
What Is a Conversation Policy?
118
A SchemaBased Approach to Specifying Conversation Policies
193
Constructing Robust Conversation Policies in Dynamic Agent Communities
205
Conversation Oriented Programming for Agent Interaction
220
A Preliminary Report
235
Modeling and Implementing Conversations in AgentBased Systems
249
Dialogue in Team Formation
264
Uncertain Knowledge Representation and Communicative Behavior in Coordinated Defense?
281
On Abstract Models and Conversation Policies
301

The Role of Conversation Policy in Carrying Out Agent Conversations
132
On Conversation Policies and the Need for Exceptions
144
A Development Method and Reference Architecture
160
Using Colored Petri Nets for Conversation Modeling
178
Investigating Interactions between Agent Conversations and Agent Control Components
314
An Executable Model of the Interaction between Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
331
Author Index
351
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