TitleCommunicating Open Systems: Extended Abstract
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
Authorsd'Inverno M, Luck M, Noriega P, Rodríguez-Aguilar JA, Sierra C
Conference NameIJCAI 2013
PublisherAAAI Press
Conference LocationBeijing, China
Date Published03/08/2013
KeywordsAgent communication, electronic institutions, Formal languages, Open systems

Just as conventional institutions are organisational structures for coordinating the activities of multiple interacting individuals, electronic institutions provide a computational analogue for coordinating the activities of multiple interacting software agents. In this paper, we argue that open multi-agent systems can be effectively designed and implemented as electronic institutions, for which we provide a comprehensive computational model. More specifically, the paper provides an operational semantics for electronic institutions, specifying the essential data structures, the state representation and the key operations necessary to implement them.