Towards Forward Responsibility in BDI Agents

Rafael C. Cardoso, Angelo Ferrando, Joe Collenette, Louise A. Dennis, Michael Fisher

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In this paper, we discuss forward responsibilities in Belief-Desire-Intention agents, that is, responsibilities that can drive future decision-making. We focus on individual rather than global notions of responsibility. Our contributions include: (a) extended operational semantics for responsibility-aware rational agents; (b) hierarchical responsibilities for improving intention selection based on the priorities (i.e., hierarchical level) of a responsibility; and (c) shared responsibilities which allow agents with the same responsibility to update their priority levels (and consequently commit or not to the responsibility) depending on the lack (or surplus) of agents that are currently engaged with it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems
PublisherSpringer Nature
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Nov 2023
Event11th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 May 202330 May 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems
Abbreviated titleEMAS 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • forward-looking responsibility
  • task responsibility
  • BDI agents


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