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Enhancing Agents With Normative Capabilities


Ulf Lotzmann

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(2010).ECMS 2010 Proceedings edited by A Bargiela S A Ali D Crowley E J H Kerckhoffs. European Council for Modeling and Simulation. doi:10.7148/2010 


ISBN: 978-0-9564944-1-2


24th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation,

Simulation Meets Global Challenges

Kuala Lumpur, June 1-4 2010


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Lotzmann, U. (2010). Enhancing Agents With Normative Capabilities. ECMS 2010 Proceedings edited by A Bargiela S A Ali D Crowley E J H Kerckhoffs (pp. 67-73). European Council for Modeling and Simulation. doi:10.7148/2010-0067-0073



This paper describes the derivation of a software architecture (and its implementation called EMIL-S) from a logical normative agent architecture (called EMIL-A). After a short introduction into the theoretical background of agent-based normative social simulation, the paper focuses on intra-agent structures and processes. The pivotal element in this regard is a rule- based agent design with a corresponding “generalised intra-agent process” that involves decision making and learning capabilities. The resulting simulation dynamics are illustrated afterwards by means of an application sample where agents contribute to a Wikipedia community by writing, editing and discussing articles. Findings and material presented in the paper are part of the results achieved in the FP6 project EMIL (EMergence In the Loop: Simulating the two-way dynamics of norm innovation).

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