TitleOn Grievance Protocols for Conflict Resolution in Open Multi-Agent Systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsGiret A, Noriega P
Conference Name44th Hawaii International International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS-44 2011)
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Conference LocationHawaii
ISBN Number978-0-7695-4282-9

This paper presents the specification of an agentbased framework for conflict resolution into Open Multi-agent Systems by means of grievance protocols. In this framework, any grievance process primarily involves negotiation (with or without mediation) and arbitration or a combination of both. In this way, the result of a conflict resolution can be an agreement among the conflicting parties by which they voluntary settle the conflict, or a decision from the arbitrator (a neutral third party) which is final, and binding on both conflicting parties. The framework is designed in such a way that multiple agreement mechanisms may be available at any given time, to be activated and adjusted on demand (on-line) by participating agents. The framework is also generic enough so that new protocols may be easily added. The objective is to have a generic electronic institution that may be tailored to specific needs and grafted into other electronic institutions.