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Co-ordination and Co-operation in Agent Systems: Social Laws and Argumentation

Summary: Co-ordination and Co-operation in Agent
Systems: Social Laws and Argumentation
Katie Atkinson and Trevor Bench-Capon
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BX, UK
Abstract. The social laws paradigm represents an important approach
to the co-ordination of behaviour in multi-agent systems. In this paper we
examine the relationship between social laws and rational behaviour, by
which we mean behaviour that can be justified by a defensible argument.
We describe how social laws have previously been defined and used within
the context of Action-Based Alternating Transition Systems (AATS). We
then show how an account of argumentation for practical reasoning in
agent systems, also based on AATS, can be used to determine what is
rational for the agents to do in the absence and presence of such laws.
The reasoning involved is both of a practical and epistemic nature: agents
need to make decisions about what to do based upon the assumptions
that they make about the states they find themselves in, and crucially,
they also need to reason about what the other agents in the scenario will


Source: Atkinson, Katie - Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences