TitleMaNEA: A distributed architecture for enforcing norms in open MAS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCriado N, Argente E, Noriega P, Botti V
JournalEngineering applications of artificial intelligence
Date Published01/2013
Keywordsagent platforms, norm enforcement, normative agents, openMAS

Norms have been promoted as a coordination mechanism for controlling agent behaviours in open MAS. Thus, agent platforms must provide normative support, allowing both norm-aware and non norm-aware agents to take part in MAS that are controlled by norms. In this paper, the most relevant proposals on the denition of norm enforcement mechanisms are analysed. These proposals present several drawbacks that make them unsuitable for open MAS. In response to these problems, this paper describes a new Norm-Enforcing Architecture aimed at controlling norms in open MAS. Specically, this architecture supports the creation and deletion of norms on-line as well as the dynamic activation and expiration of instances. Finally, it can dynamically adapt to dierent scale MAS. The eciency of this architecture has been experimentally evaluated and the results are shown in this article.