Abstract of FKI-248-03

Document-Name:  fki-248-03 
Title:		An Observation-based Approach to the Semantics of Agent Communication
		[appeared in an extended version titled as "Empirical-Rational Semantics of Agent Communication" 
		in the Procs. of the Third International Joint Conference on Autonomous 
		Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS'04)]
Authors:	Matthias Nickles
Revision-Date:	2003
Category:	Technical Report (Forschungsberichte Künstliche Intelligenz)
Abstract:	The missing of an appropriate semantics of agent
		communication languages is one of the most challenging
		issues of contemporary AI. Although several approaches
		to this problem exist, none of them is really
		suitable for dealing with agent autonomy, which is a decisive
		property of artificial agents. This paper introduces an
		observation-based approach to the semantics of agent communication,
		which combines benefits of the two most
		influential traditional approaches to agent communication
		semantics, namely the mentalistic (agent-centric) and
		the objectivist (i.e., commitment- or protocol-oriented) approach.
		Our approach makes use of the fact that the most
		general meaning of agent utterances lays in their expectable
		consequences in terms of agent actions, and
		that communications result from hidden but nevertheless
		rational and to some extent reliable agent intentions.
		To this end, we present a formal framework which enables
		the empirical derivation of communication meanings
		from the observation of rational agent utterances (empirical semantics).
Keywords:	Agent Communication Languages, Open Multiagent Systems, Artificial Sociality
Size:		8 pages
Language:	English
ISSN:		0941-6358
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