Managing Conflict Resolution in Norm-Regulated Environment

Martin Kollingbaum, Wamberto W. Vasconcelos, A. Garcia-Camino, and Timothy J. Norman
Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Engineering Societies in the Agents World, October, 2007.


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Abstract
Norms are the obligations, permissions and prohibitions associated with members of a society. Norms provide a useful abstraction with which to specify and regulate the behavior of self-interested software agents in open, heterogeneous systems. Any realistic account of norms must address their dynamic nature: the norms associated with agents will change as agents act (and interact) -- prohibitions can be lifted, obligations can be fulfilled, and permissions can be revoked as a result of agents' actions. These norms may at times conflict with one another, that is, an action may be simultaneously prohibited and obliged (or prohibited and permitted). Such conflicts cause norm-compliant agents to experience a paralysis: whatever they do (or not do) will go against a norm. In this paper we present mechanisms to detect and resolve normative conflicts. We achieve more expressiveness, precision and realism in our norms by using constraints over first-order variables. The mechanisms to detect and resolve norm conflicts take into account such constraints and are based on first-order unification and constraint satisfaction. We also explain how the mechanisms can be deployed in the management of norms regulating environments for software agents.

Keywords
mechanisms to detect and resolve normative conflicts

Notes
Sponsor: U.S. Army Research Labs
Grant ID: W911NF-06-3-0001
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Advanced Agent - Robotics Technology Lab
Associated Project(s): IBM ITA: Human-Agent Teamwork Models
Number of pages: 16

Text Reference
Martin Kollingbaum, Wamberto W. Vasconcelos, A. Garcia-Camino, and Timothy J. Norman, "Managing Conflict Resolution in Norm-Regulated Environment," Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Engineering Societies in the Agents World, October, 2007.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Kollingbaum_2007_6137,
   author = "Martin Kollingbaum and Wamberto W. Vasconcelos and A. Garcia-Camino and Timothy J. Norman",
   title = "Managing Conflict Resolution in Norm-Regulated Environment",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Engineering Societies in the Agents World",
   month = "October",
   year = "2007",
}