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Heterogeneous BDI Agents

Fasli, M (2002) Heterogeneous BDI Agents. UNSPECIFIED. CSM-372, University of Essex, Colchester.

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Abstract

The study of formal theories of agents has intensified over the last decade since such formalisms can be viewed as providing the specifications for building agent-based systems. One such theory views agents as having beliefs, desires and intentions (BDI). The BDI paradigm provides us with the means of describing different types of agents; a desirable quality, since agent-based systems are employed in various domains with diverse characterics and therefore different requirements. This is accomplished by adopting a set of constraints that describe how the three attitudes are related to each other, called a notion of realism. Although three such notions have been explored in the literature, namely strong realism, realism and weak realism, no systematic attempt has been undertaken to study other available options. In this paper we explore the dynamics and possible interrelations between the three attitudes and we propose notions of realism for heterogeneous BDI agents. We explore a more wide range of possibilities by considering a combination of the types of relations between accessible worlds. Moreover, we distinguish between two broad categories of agents, bold and circumspect, according to the relation between beliefs and intentions. We explore several interesting notions for realism for such agents and we argue that these come close to desiderata for relational BDI agents.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Rachele Winn
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 11:53
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:54
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8764

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