In this article we focus on the notion of artifact for agents in MAS (multi-agent systems) as a basis for a new meta-model promoting the modelling and engineering of agent societies and MAS environment as first-class entities. Its conceptual foundations lay upon theories and results coming from computational sciences as well as from organisational and cognitive sciences, psychology, CSCW, anthropology and ethology. In the resulting A&A (agents & artifacts) meta-model, agents are the (pro-)active entities in charge of the goals/tasks that altogether build up the whole MAS behaviour, whereas artifacts are the reactive entities providing the services and functions that make individual agents work together in a MAS, and that shape agent environment according to the MAS needs. After presenting the scientific background, we define the notions of artifact in the A&A meta-model, discuss how it affects the notion of intelligence in MAS, and show its application to a number of agent-related research fields.

Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Mirko Viroli (2008). Artifacts in the A&A meta-model for multi-agent systems. AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS, 17(3), 432-456 [10.1007/s10458-008-9053-x].

Artifacts in the A&A meta-model for multi-agent systems

OMICINI, ANDREA;RICCI, ALESSANDRO;VIROLI, MIRKO
2008

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In this article we focus on the notion of artifact for agents in MAS (multi-agent systems) as a basis for a new meta-model promoting the modelling and engineering of agent societies and MAS environment as first-class entities. Its conceptual foundations lay upon theories and results coming from computational sciences as well as from organisational and cognitive sciences, psychology, CSCW, anthropology and ethology. In the resulting A&A (agents & artifacts) meta-model, agents are the (pro-)active entities in charge of the goals/tasks that altogether build up the whole MAS behaviour, whereas artifacts are the reactive entities providing the services and functions that make individual agents work together in a MAS, and that shape agent environment according to the MAS needs. After presenting the scientific background, we define the notions of artifact in the A&A meta-model, discuss how it affects the notion of intelligence in MAS, and show its application to a number of agent-related research fields.
2008
Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Mirko Viroli (2008). Artifacts in the A&A meta-model for multi-agent systems. AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS, 17(3), 432-456 [10.1007/s10458-008-9053-x].
Andrea Omicini; Alessandro Ricci; Mirko Viroli
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