Dr. Eric Werner
Title: Cooperating Agents: A Unified Theory of Communication and Social Structure
Author: Eric Werner, Ph.D.
We aim at providing a general theoretical framework for designing agents
with a communicative and social competence. Thereby, we develop the foundations
for the design of systems of agents that behave as a social unit or group.
A unified theory of communication, cooperation, and social structure is
presented. First, a theory of the cognitive states, the information and
intentional states, of an agent is given. A theory of communication is
developed that gives a formal account of how messages affect the intentions
or plans of an agent. The theory of intentions is used to define the concepts
of social role and social structure. The unified theory of communication,
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