Multi-agent Interactions: A Vocabulary of Engagement

Patricia Goldweic and Kristian J. Hammond

We are interested in defining a content theory of action appropriate for agents that act in a multi-agent environment and implement it in the WORKMATE multi-agent system. Such a theory has to identify what agents know and how they use this knowledge; it has to support the agents’ reasoning and situated action in their domain. More important for our research, such a theory must support the agents’ learning from their interactive experience when, how or with whom they should cooperate. As a step towards the development of such a theory, in this paper we suggest a vocabulary of interactions for autonomous agents. Our vocabulary attempts to do justice to the situated character of action with respect to the disparate but related dimensions of physicality, sociality and experience.

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