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Reconciling Agent Theories by the Portrayal of Agent Interactions

CISA Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Paul Martin

Knowledge dissemination is motivated by and in turn motivates interaction within theory-driven multi-agent systems. Agents interpret their environment, drawing upon accessible data sources which may be incomplete or themselves the product of interpretation. Their conclusions are often in conflict, but the sheer volume of information precludes resolving every inconsistency. Considered here is a possible framework in which agents advance arguments for particular decisions within a given multi-agent interaction as it is enacted -- based on theories which they independently extract from the knowledge available to them. These arguments determine a joint 'portrayal' of the interaction which identifies theory conflicts in light of how they impinge on the ability for agents to collaborate successfully, which in turn motivates further activity and the revision of agent theories, akin to a kind of prioritised distributed truth maintenance system that works alongside normal agent dialogues.

Date and time: 
Thursday, 10 July, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
60 minutes
Location: 
IF116