AAAI Publications, Twelfth International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

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Integrating Action Calculi and AgentSpeak: Closing the Gap
Michael Thielscher

Last modified: 2010-04-27

Abstract


Existing action calculi provide rich, declarative formalisms for reasoning about actions. BDI-based programming languages like AgentSpeak, on the other hand, are procedural and geared towards practical applications of cognitive agents. In this paper, we close the gap between these two lines of research by integrating action calculi and AgentSpeak programs. Specifically, we develop a new and purely declarative semantics for AgentSpeak, which paves the way for combining this language with any suitable action calculus in a strictly modular fashion. As the main technical result, we prove that the new declarative semantics is correct wrt. the standard operational semantics for AgentSpeak. This provides the basis for a modular integration of a BDI-based agent programming language with sophisticated methods for reasoning about actions.

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