A Commitment-Based Communicative Act Library

  • Mario Verdicchio
  • Marco Colombetti
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3859)


The Agent Communication Language (ACL) proposed by the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) is the most complete attempt to create a universally accepted standard so far. Nevertheless, this standard shows some shortcomings which are probably hindering an even greater impact upon the scientific research dealing with multiagent systems. Although agreeing with the mainstream view that analyzes agent communication in terms of communicative acts, we part from FIPA’s assumptions about the semantics, as we shift the focus from affecting communicating agents’ mental states to modifying the commitments binding them to each other. We show that our commitment-based framework is powerful enough to allow for the main FIPA communicative acts and provides a semantics which overcomes some of the problems that are currently affecting the standard.


Temporal Logic Multiagent System Agent Communication Message Exchange Illocutionary Force 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Verdicchio
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marco Colombetti
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BergamoBergamoItaly
  2. 2.Politecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  3. 3.University of LuganoLuganoSwitzerland

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