A Decision Procedure for Autonomous Agents to Reason about Interaction with Humans

Michael Fleming and Robin Cohen

In this paper, we present computational models for the design of autonomous agents that can make rational decisions about interaction with potentially helpful users. One challenge in designing these agents is to specify when the agent should take the initiative to interact with the user. We propose specific factors that must be modeled, as well as methods for how to combine these factors in order to make rational decisions about interaction, based on whether the perceived benefits of communication exceed the expected costs.

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