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A framework for institutions governing institutions

King, Thomas C., Li, Tingting, Vos, Marina De, Dignum, Virginia, Jonker, Catholijn M., Padget, Julian and van Riemsdijk, M. Birna 2015. A framework for institutions governing institutions. Presented at: International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS '15), Istanbul, Turkey, 4-8 May 2015. AAMAS '15: Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. Richmond, SC, USA: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, pp. 473-481. 10.5555/2772879.2772940

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Abstract

Norms guide multi-agent systems away from being potentially anarchic towards a coordinated and collaborative society. Institutions provide an explicit, external representation of norms as well as the means to detect violations and other conditions. Each institution can be crafted individually to capture their designers' goals, but this creates a challenge at higher levels of authority in guiding the institutional design to be coordinated with other institutions and not imposing unacceptable limits on agents' rights. We propose to use institutions to govern and to revise institutions, following a principle widely encountered in the social world, where treaties, primary legislation, framework agreements and subsidiarity establish a regulatory space by defining norms on the form of a body of regulation. We set out a formal and computational framework, building on the InstAL model and implementation, to construct tiers of institutions, where the norms at each tier are governed by those at the tier above. Thus, agents' behaviour is governed and monitored by a tier-1 institution, whose norms are governed and monitored by a tier-2 institution, etc.. This allows us to check the compliance of an institution with the tier above. Compliance failure generates the necessary negative examples for automatic norm-revision.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
ISBN: 9781450334136
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 10:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/130985

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