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Piunti, Michele ; Ricci, Alessandro

From Agents to Artifacts Back and Forth: Purposive and Doxastic use of Artifacts in MAS

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Recent approaches in Multi-Agent Systems are focusing on
providing models and methodologies for the design of environments and
special purpose tools supposed to scale up complexities. Among others, the Agents and Artifacts (A&A) approach introduced the notion af
artifact as first class abstraction providing agents with external facilities, services and coordination medium explicitely conceived for easing
their activities. In this paper we analyse A&A systems by focusing on the
functional roles played by artifacts. In particular, we here investigate the
function of artifacts once they are employed in the context of societies of
cognitve agents, i.e. agents capable to reason about their epistemic and
motivational states. In this context, a twofold kind of interactions is envisaged. On the one side, artifact rapresentational function allows agent
to improve epistemic states, i.e., by representing and sharing strategic
knowledge in the overall system (doxastic use ). On the other side, artifacts operational function allows agents to improve the repertoire of
actions, i.e., by providing additional means which can be purposively
triggered by agents to achieve goals (operational use ). Some of the outcomes of this approach are discussed along with test cases showing agents
engaged in goal-oriented activities relying on the transmission of relevant
knowledge and the operations provided by artifacts.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Piunti, Michele and Ricci, Alessandro},
  title =	{{From Agents to Artifacts Back and Forth: Purposive and Doxastic use of Artifacts in MAS}},
  booktitle =	{Programming Multi-Agent Systems},
  pages =	{1--15},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2008},
  volume =	{8361},
  editor =	{Rafael Bordini and Mehdi Dastani and J\"{u}rgen Dix and Amal El Fallah-Seghrouchni},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-16423},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.08361.6},
  annote =	{Keywords: MAS, Cognitive Agent, Agents and Artifacts, Interaction, Reasoning, Environments}

Keywords: MAS, Cognitive Agent, Agents and Artifacts, Interaction, Reasoning, Environments
Collection: 08361 - Programming Multi-Agent Systems
Issue Date: 2008
Date of publication: 04.11.2008

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