Proactive communications in agent teamwork

John Yen, Xiaocong Fan, Richard A. Volz

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The capabilities for agents in a team to anticipate information-needs of teammates and proactively offer relevant information are highly desirable. However, such behaviors have not been fully prescribed by existing agent theories. To establish a theory about proactive information exchanges, we first introduces the concept of "information-needs", then identify and formally define the intentional semantics of two proactive communicative acts, which highly depend on the speaker's awareness of others' information-needs. It is shown that communications using these proactive performatives can be derived as helping behaviors. Conversation policies involving these proactive performatives are also discussed. The work in this paper may serve as a guide for the specification and design of agent architectures, algorithms, and applications that support proactive communications in agent teamwork.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-290
Number of pages20
JournalLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
EventInternational Workshop on Agent Communication Languages, ACL 2003 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Jul 14 2003Jul 14 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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