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Policing virtual organizations

Oren, Nir, Norman, Tim, Preece, Alun David and Chalmers, Stuart 2004. Policing virtual organizations. Presented at: Second European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems, Barcelona, Spain, 16-17 December 2004.

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Abstract

Autonomous agents within a multi-agent system can undertake behaviors that, while profitable for them, are damaging to the system as a whole. One way of regulating an agent's behavior is by obliging it to act in accordance with a set of specifications set out in a contract, and sanctioning it otherwise. In this paper, We propose a framework that performs two major subtasks of contract based behavior enforcement in partially observable multi-agent environments: behavior specification and behavior violation detection. The framework consists of three main components. The first is a contract specification language used to specify desired agent behavior. The second is a dialogue game used to present and refute evidence about an agent's actual behavior. The final component of the framework is a mechanism used to combine the evidence so as to reach a decision regarding an agent's guilt or innocence. We also examine existing approaches for performing contract enforcement, and describe a concrete environment where investigations into the effects of policing can take place.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/44086

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