TitleThe Dutch eat at 5: 30 pm: shared strategies for agent reasoning
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGhobani A, Aldewereld H, Dignum V, Noriega P
Conference NameProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2012)
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Conference LocationValencia, Spain
Date Published04/06/2012
Keywordsmulti-agent systems, Norms, shared strategies

In the Netherlands, almost all people have dinner around 5:30pm. As a foreigner in that country, it is almost impossible to plan a (working) meeting around this time, which would be a `normal' time in many other countries. On the other hand, having dinner that early is not an obligation. No one will be ofended or would even care if you choose to eat later. This is an example of a shared strategy, i.e. an institutional arrangement where different actors have the intention of performing the same task at a certain time or setting. InMAS research, shared strategies can be a new way of expressing conventions that cannot easily be fitted into norms, individual plans or collective intentions, while sharing some elements with all of these.