Papers from the AAAI Workshop
Catherine Tessier and Laurent Chaudron, Cochairs
Agents' conflicts arise for different reasons, involve different concepts, and are dealt with in different ways, depending on the kind of agents and on the domain where they are considered. For example, agents may have conflicting beliefs, con-flicting goals, or may have to share limited resources. Conflicts can be expressed as mere differences, or as contradictions, or even as social conflicts (e.g. aggression, fighting). They may be avoided, solved, kept, or even created deliberately. Since more and more concern is attached to agents' teamwork and agents' dialogue, conflicts naturally arise as a key issue to be dealt with, not only with application dedicated techniques, but also with more formal and generic tools. The aim of the workshop was therefore to focus on definitions of agents' conflicts and on their roles within a multiagent system, i.e. how this system may evolve thanks to, despite, or because of conflicts. Topics included conflict ontology, conflict measurements, conflict scales, conflict and uncertainty, coping with conflicts, conflict management typology, conflict management vs. knowledge enhancement, conflict management versus robustness, conflict management and time, conflict and decision making, system design based on conflicts, and learning from conflicts.