Normative Multi-Agent Systems

Schloss Dagstuhl, March 11-16, 2012


Normative systems are systems in the behavior of which norms play a role and which need normative concepts in order to be described or specified. A normative multi-agent system combines models for normative systems (dealing for example with obligations, permissions and prohibitions) with models for multi-agent systems.

Norms have been proposed in multi-agent systems and computer science to deal with issues of coordination, security, electronic commerce and institutions, agent organization. However, due to the lack of a unified theory, many multi- agent system researchers are presently developing their own ad hoc concepts and applications.

Two previous Dagstuhl workshops have been organized on the topic of normative multi-agent systems. The first Dagstuhl workshop (07122) had the aim of identifying common definitions, ontologies, research problems and applications in the field. The second Dagstuhl workshop (09121) had instead the aim of discussing these fundamental concepts in relation to the use of norms as a regulatory mechanism in human and artificial systems.

We invite participants to build on the outcomes of those workshops and on their own research, in order to formulate a collective appraisal of the current perspectives in the field and the most promising venues for future activity.

The seminar is conceived for the writing of "A Prospective view of Normative Multi Agent Systems", that should become a standard reference in the field, and provides guidelines for future research by putting that activity in focus and identify the most significant research issues in normative multi-agent systems.