Strategic agent communication: An argumentation-driven approach

Jamal Bentahar, Mohamed Mbarki, John Jules Ch Meyer, Bernard Moulin

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This paper proposes a formal framework for agent communication where agents can reason about their goals using strategic reasoning. This reasoning is argumentation-based and enables agents to generate a set of strategic goals depending on a set of constraints. Sub-goals are generated using this reasoning and they can be cancelled or substituted for alternatives during the dialogue progress. An original characteristic of this framework is that agents can use this strategic reasoning together with a tactic reasoning to persist in the achievement of their goals by considering alternatives depending on a set of constraints. Tactic reasoning is responsible of selecting the communicative acts to perform in order to realize the strategic goals. Some constraints are fixed when the conversation starts and others during the dialogue progress. The paper also discusses the computational complexity of such a reasoning.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationDeclarative Agent Languages and Technologies VI - 6th International Workshop, DALT 2008, Revised Selected and Invited Papers
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2009
Event6th International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies, DALT 2008 - Estoril, Portugal
Duration: 12 May 200812 May 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5397 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies, DALT 2008


  • Agent communication
  • Argumentation
  • Complexity
  • Social commitments
  • Strategic reasoning


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