Communicative acts and interaction protocols in a distributed information system
Nowostawski, Mariusz; Carter, Dan; Cranefield, Stephen; Purvis, Martin
In FIPA-style multi-agent systems, agents coordinate their activities by sending messages representing particular communicative acts (or performatives). Agent communication languages must strike a balance between simplicity and expressiveness by defining a limited set of communicative act types that fit the communication needs of a wide set of problems. More complex requirements for particular problems must then be handled by defining domain-specific predicates and actions within ontologies. This paper examines the communication needs of a multi-agent distributed information retrieval system and discusses how well these are met by the FIPA ACL.
Publisher: University of Otago
Series number: 2003/02
Research Type: Discussion Paper