A Survey of Agent-Oriented Programming

  • S. Rebecca Thomas
Part of the Applied Logic Series book series (APLS, volume 14)


Many researchers have considered the problem of representing an agent in terms of its mental state. Originally, these researchers believed that agents must have informational attitudes, such as beliefs or knowledge, in order to store information to be used in reasoning, and motivational attitudes, such as desires, in order for the agents to have a reason to act. Bratman [2] showed that these attitudes are not sufficient, and added the attitude of intention to the framework. This gave rise to a good deal of work on BDI-architectures, in which the mental states of agents consisted of the attitudes beliefs, desires, and intentions.


Mental State Message Content Incoming Message Primitive Action Agent Communication Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Rebecca Thomas
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  1. 1.Marist CollegeUSA

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