Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems
Papers from the AAAI Workshop
Virginia Dignum and Eric Matson, Cochairs
In recent years, social and organizational aspects of agency have become a major issue in MAS research. Recent applications of MAS on web services, grid computing and ubiquitous computing enforce the need for using these aspects in order to ensure social order within these environments. Openness, heterogeneity, and scalability of MAS pose new demands on traditional MAS interaction models. Therefore, the view of coordination and control has to be expanded to consider not only an agent-centric perspective but societal and organization-centric views as well. The overall problem of analyzing the social, legal, economic and technological dimensions of agent organizations, and the coevolution of agent interactions, provide theoretically demanding and interdisciplinary research questions at different levels of abstraction. The MAS research community has addressed these issues from different perspectives that have gradually become more cohesive around the four notions that give title to the workshop: coordination, organization, institutions, and norms.