An ontology for commitments in multiagent systems:

Author: Singh, M.P.

Source: Artificial Intelligence and Law, Volume 7, Number 1, March 1999 , pp. 97-113(17)

Publisher: Springer

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Social commitments have long been recognized as an important concept for multiagent systems. We propose a rich formulation of social commitments that motivates an architecture for multiagent systems, which we dub spheres of commitment. We identify the key operations on commitments and multiagent systems. We distinguish between explicit and implicit commitments. Multiagent systems, viewed as spheres of commitment (SoComs), provide the context for the different operations on commitments. Armed with the above ideas, we can capture normative concepts such as obligations, taboos, conventions, and pledges as different kinds of commitments. In this manner, we synthesize ideas from multiagent systems, particularly the idea of social context, with ideas from ethics and legal reasoning, specifically that of directed obligations in the Hohfeldian tradition.

Keywords: commitments; multiagent systems; norms

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7534, USA E-mail:

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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