Intelligent Agents III. Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages: ECAI'96 Workshop (ATAL), Budapest, Hungary, August 12-13, 1996, Proceedings / Edition 1

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Intelligent agents are computer systems that are capable of flexible autonomous action in dynamic, typically multi-agent domains. Over the past few years, the computer science community has begun to recognise that the technology of intelligent agents provides the key to solving a range of complex software application problems, for which traditional software engineering tools and techniques offer no solution.
This book, the third in a series, represents the state of the art in the science of agent systems. It is based on papers presented at the 3rd workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures and Languages (ATAL'96), held in conjunction with the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI'96) in Budapest, Hungary, in August 1996. It is essential reading for anyone interested in this vital new technology.

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Table of Contents

Modelling and Design of Multi-Agent Systems 1
Is it an Agent, or Just a Program?: A Taxonomy for Autonomous Agents 21
To Be or Not to Be an Agent 37
What Is an Agent? 41
An Agent Is an Individual That Has Consciousness 45
Agents as a Rorschach Test: A Response to Franklin and Graesser 47
From Agent Theory to Agent Construction: A Case Study 49
If Z Is the Answer, What Could the Question Possibly Be? 65
Practical Theory and Theory-Based Practice 67
QLB: A Quantified Logic for Belief 71
Dynamic Belief Analysis 87
Belief Revision Through the Belief-Function Formalism in a Multi-Agent Environment 103
Formal Specification of Beliefs in Multi-Agents Systems 117
Reasoning About Collective Goals 131
Formalisation of a Cooperation Model Based on Joint Intentions 141
A Reactive-Deliberative Model of Dialogue Agency 157
Towards Layered Dialogical Agents 173
A Rational Agent as the Kernel of a Cooperative Spoken Dialogue System: Implementing a Logical Theory of Interaction 189
Modelling Social Agents: Communications as Action 205
The Threshold of Cooperation Among Adaptive Agents: Pavlov and the Stag Hunt 219
How Can an Agent Learn to Negotiate? 233
A Cooperation Model for Autonomous Agents 245
Designing and Implementing a Multi-Agent Architecture for Business Process Management 261
Emotion-Based Attention Shift in Autonomous Agents 277
A Deliberative and Reactive Diagnosis Agent Based on Logic Programming 293
Reactive and Motivational Agents: Towards a Collective Minder 309
A Multi Language Environment to Develop Multi Agent Applications 325
The Design of a Coordination Language for Multi-Agent Systems 341
A Knowledge-Theoretic Semantics for Concurrent METATEM 357
Knowledge-Based Situated Agents Among Us: A Preliminary Report 375
Index 391
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