Organisational Artifacts and Agents for Open Multi-Agent Organisations: “Giving the Power Back to the Agents”

  • Rosine Kitio
  • Olivier Boissier
  • Jomi Fred Hübner
  • Alessandro Ricci
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4870)


The social and organisational aspects of agency have become nowadays a major focus of interest in the MAS community, and a good amount of theoretical work is available, in terms of formal models and theories. However, the conception and engineering of proper organisational infrastructures embodying such models and theories is still an open issue, in particular when open MAS are considered. Accordingly, in this paper we discuss a model for an organisational infrastructure called ORA4MAS that aims at addressing these issues. By being based on the A&A (Agents and Artifacts) meta-model, the key and novel aspect introduced with ORA4MAS is that organisations and the organisation infrastructure itself are conceived in terms of agents and artifacts, as first-class abstractions giving body to the MAS from design to runtime.


Multi-agent Systems MAS organisations Open systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosine Kitio
    • 1
  • Olivier Boissier
    • 1
  • Jomi Fred Hübner
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alessandro Ricci
    • 3
  1. 1.SMA/G2I/ENSM.SESaint-EtienneFrance
  2. 2.GIA/DSC/FURBBlumenauBrazil
  3. 3.DEISALMA MATER STUDIORUM Università di BolognaCesena (FC)Italy

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