Structural aspects of the evaluation of agent organizations

D. Grossi, F.P.M. Dignum, V. Dignum, M. Dastani, L.M.M. Royakkers

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A multi-agent system can be analyzed and specified as an organization consisting of roles and their relations. The performance of an organization depends on many factors among which the type of its organizational structure, i.e., the set of relations holding between its roles. This work focuses on the structure of organizations and addresses the issue of the analysis, evaluation, and comparison of organizational structures which can contribute to develop general methods for the assessment of multi-agent systems’ performance. Specifically, quantitative concepts from graph theory are used to provide numerical analyses of organizational structures. It is argued that these analyzes can be used for evaluating to what extent an organizational structure exhibits some characteristic properties such as robustness, flexibility and efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems II : COIN 2006 International Workshops, May 9, 2006, Hakodate, Japan, August 28, 2006, Riva del Garda, Italy
EditorsP. Noriega, J. Vázquez-Salceda, G. Boella, O. Boissier, V. Dignum, N. Fornara, E. Matson
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-74457-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems, COIN 2006 - Riva del Garda, Italy
Duration: 28 Aug 200628 Aug 2006

Publication series

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


ConferenceCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems, COIN 2006
CityRiva del Garda
OtherCOIN 2006, AAMAS 2006, ECAI 2006, Hakodate, Japan and Riva del Garda, Italy


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