Abstract of 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
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
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