TitleTrust Alignment: a Sine Qua Non of Open Multi-Agent Systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKoster A, Sabater-Mir J., Schorlemmer M
EditorMeersman R, Dillon T, Herrero P
Conference NameOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2011.
Conference LocationHersonissos, Greece
Date Published14/10/2011

In open multi-agent systems trust is necessary to improve cooperation by enabling agents to choose good partners. Most trust models work by taking, in addition to direct experiences, other agents’ communicated evaluations into account. However, in an open multi-agent system other agents may use different trust models and as such the evaluations they communicate are based on different principles. This article shows that trust alignment is a crucial tool in this communication. Furthermore we show that trust alignment improves significantly if the description of the evidence, upon which a trust evaluation is based, is taken into account.