April 22 – 27 , 2018, Dagstuhl Seminar 18171

Normative Multi-Agent Systems


Mehdi Dastani (Utrecht University, NL)
Jürgen Dix (TU Clausthal, DE)
Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University, SE)
Serena Villata (Laboratoire I3S – Sophia Antipolis, FR)

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This seminar is the fifth edition in a series that started in 2007. The aim is to bring together researchers from various scientific disciplines such as computer science, artificial intelligence, philosophy, law, cognitive science and social sciences to discuss the emerging topic concerning the responsibility of autonomous systems.

The seminar will build on the results of the previous editions where the concepts of norm, norm compliance, norm violation, and norm enforcement have been discussed and analysed. While the previous editions concentrated on how norms can be enforced on multi-agent systems to ensure compliant behaviors, or to respond to violating behaviours, this edition will focus solely on the concept of responsibility.

Autonomous software systems and multi-agent systems (MAS) in open environments require methodologies, models and tools to analyse and develop flexible control and coordination mechanism – without them, it is not possible to steer the behaviour and interaction of such systems and to ensure important overall properties.

Normative Multi-Agent Systems is an established area focussing on how norms can be used to control and coordinate autonomous systems and multi-agents systems without restricting the autonomy of the involved systems. Such control and coordination systems allow autonomous systems to violate norms, but respond to norm violations by means of various sanctioning mechanisms.

This seminar focuses on how the responsibility of autonomous systems and multi-agend systems can be defined, modelled, analysed and computed. The participants come from the disciplines mentioned above and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the seminar.

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  Mehdi Dastani, Jürgen Dix, Harko Verhagen, and Serena Villata

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  • Artificial Intelligence / Robotics
  • Semantics / Formal Methods
  • Software Engineering


  • Responsibility
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Norm-based systems
  • Control and Coordination

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