A tuning machine for cooperative problem solving

B Dunin-Keplicz*, R Verbrugge

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In this paper we aim to formally model individual, social and collective motivational attitudes in teams of agents involved in Cooperative Problem Solving. Particular attention is given to the strongest motivational attitude, collective commitment, which leads to team action. First, building on our previous work, a logical framework is sketched in which social commitments and collective intentions are formalized. Then, different versions of collective commitments are given, reflecting different aspects of Cooperative Problem Solving, and applicable in different situations. The definitions differ with respect to the aspects of teamwork of which the agents involved are aware, and the kind of awareness present within a team. In this way a kind of tuning mechanism is provided for the system developer to tune a version of collective commitment fitting the circumstances. Finally, we focus attention on a few exemplar versions of collective commitment resulting from instantiating the general tuning scheme, and sketch for which kinds of organization and application domains they are appropriate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-307
Number of pages25
JournalFundamenta Informaticae
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2004



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