Pragmatics of Agent Communication
The process of agent communication modeling has not yet received much attention
in the knowledge systems area. Conventional knowledge systems are rather
simple with respect to their communication structure: often it is a straightforward
question-and-answer sequence between system and end user. However, this
is different in recent intelligent multi-agent systems. Therefore, agent
communication aspects are now in need of a much more advanced treatment
in knowledge management, acquisition and modeling. In general, a much better
integration between the respective achievements of multi-agent and knowledge-based
systems modeling is an important research goal. In this paper, we describe
how agent communications can be specified as an extension of well-known
knowledge modeling techniques. The emphasis is on showing how a structured
process of communication requirements analysis proceeds, based on existing
results from agent communication languages. The guidelines proposed are
illustrated by and based on a large-scale industrial multi-agent application
for distributed energy load management in industries and households, called
Homebots. Homebots enable cost savings in energy consumption by coordinating
their actions through an auction mechanism.
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