Goal and Responsibility Allocation in Sensible Agent-Based Systems

Ryan McKay, K. S. Barber

A Multi-Agent System(MAS) can be seen as a group of entities interacting to achieve individual or collective goals. Communication is a central issue in this interaction between agents. Protocols such as the Contract Net Protocol(CNP) (Smith, 1980) have been proposed to address the coordination level of communication in predefined organizational structures with predefined agent interaction mechanisms. The research presented here applies and extends this protocol to address issues in one particular MAS - Sensible Agents(SA) (Barber, 1996).

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