TitleNormative Multi-Agent Systems (Dagstuhl Seminar 12111)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAndrighetto G, Governatore G, Noriega P, van der Torre L
JournalDagstuhl Reports
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl–Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik
KeywordsAgreement Technologies, Autonomous agents and Multiagent systems, Normative Multiagent systems, Norms

This report documents the program and the outcomes of Dagstuhl Seminar 12111 ``Normative Multi-Agent Systems''. Normative systems are systems in the behavior of which norms play a role and which need normative concepts in order to be described or specified. A normative multi-agent system combines models for normative systems (dealing for example with obligations, permissions and prohibitions) with models for multi-agent systems. Norms have been proposed in multi-agent systems and computer science to deal with issues of coordination, security, electronic commerce and institutions, agent organization. However, due to the lack of a unified theory, many multi-agent system researchers are presently developing their own ad hoc concepts and applications. The aim of this Dagstuhl Seminar was to formulate a collective appraisal of the current perspectives in the field and the most promising venues for future activity. In particular, the seminar has been conceived for the writing of a volume titled "A Prospective view of Normative Multi Agent Systems" aimed to become a standard reference in the field and to provide guidelines for future research in normative multi-agent systems.