By Nicoletta Fornara, Francesco Viganò, Macro Colombetti (auth.), Rogier M. van Eijk, Marc-Philippe Huget, Frank Dignum (eds.)
In this booklet, we current a set of papers round the subject of agent com- nication. The communique among brokers has been one of many significant subject matters of analysis in multiagent structures. the present paintings can accordingly construct on a couple of past Workshops of which the lawsuits were released in prior volumes during this sequence. the root of this assortment is shaped via the approved submissions of the Workshop on Agent conversation held in c- junction with the AAMAS convention in July 2004 in ny. The workshop got 26 submissions of which 14 have been chosen for book during this v- ume. in addition to the top quality workshop papers we spotted that many papers on agent verbal exchange chanced on their method to the most convention. We determined for that reason to ask a few authors to revise and expand their papers from this convention and to mix them with the workshop papers. We think that the present assortment includes an excellent and particularly entire assessment of the cutting-edge during this quarter of study and offers a very good indication of the subjects which are of significant curiosity in the intervening time. The papers can approximately be divided over the next ?ve issues: – social commitments – multiparty verbal exchange – content material languages – dialogues and conversations – speech acts even supposing those topics are in fact now not jointly specific they point out a few major instructions of study. We consequently have prepared the papers within the ebook in keeping with the themes indicated above.
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2 Technical Framework We represent protocols as transition systems similar in spirit to ﬁnite state machines. These protocols generate computations or runs, which are sequences of states that a valid protocol execution can go through. We devise a hierarchical classiﬁcation based on the runs generated by protocols. Runs are composed of states that the protocol computation (execution) goes through based on the actions that the participants in the given protocol perform. This classiﬁcation forms the basis of our work.
We develop a protocol algebra which is at once a high-level abstraction of protocols and a useful tool for composing protocols and reasoning about them, as we demonstrate with an example. Contribution. Our main contribution is in developing an algebra for composing protocols. Just as conceptual modeling in general involves abstractions such as reﬁnement and aggregation, so must conceptual modeling of protocols. This algebra we develop provides the underpinnings of such abstractions for protocols.
Agent Communication: International Workshop on Agent Communication, AC 2004, New York, NY, USA, July 19, 2004, Revised Selected and Invited Papers by Nicoletta Fornara, Francesco Viganò, Macro Colombetti (auth.), Rogier M. van Eijk, Marc-Philippe Huget, Frank Dignum (eds.)