Model checking normative agent organisations

Louise Dennis, Nick Tinnemeier, John-Jules Meyer

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We present the integration of a normative programming language in the MCAPL framework for model checking multi-agent systems. The result is a framework facilitating the implementation and verification of multi-agent systems coordinated via a normative organisation. The organisation can be programmed in the normative language while the constituent agents may be implemented in a number of (BDI) agent programming languages.

We demonstrate how this framework can be used to check properties of the organisation and of the individual agents in an LTL based property specification language. We show that different properties may be checked depending on the information available to the model checker about the internal state of the agents. We discuss, in particular, an error we detected in the organisation code of our case study which was only highlighted by attempting a verification with “white box” agents
Original languageUndefined
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783642168666
ISBN (Electronic)9783642168673
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Model check
  • Multiagent system
  • Operational semantic
  • Transition rule
  • Belief base

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