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Maarten Sierhuis Gives Keynote Address at IJCAI 2009 COIN Workshop

On July 11, 2009, Maarten Sierhuis delivered a keynote address at the Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems (COIN) workshop at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Pasadena. The title of the talk was “Towards Organization Aware Multi-Agent Systems.”

No organization exists without actors. Organizations, whether formal or informal, are the way people coordinate their activities and collaborate, and the dynamics of organizations are determined by the dynamics of its actors and the environment of the organization. This keynote presented a general framework needed to model the extent to which agents are aware of the organizations they are part of, and the extent to which agents conform their behavior to the policies and norms of the organization. Such a framework must allow agents to join or leave organizations and to take up or drop roles within the organization, as well as conform to norms and policies.

BACKGROUND: Dr. Maarten Sierhuis is senior scientist at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus. He is also a visiting professor in the Man-Machine Interaction group at Delft University of Technology. Dr. Sierhuis is co-principal investigator of the Brahms agent-oriented language and simulation environment, in the Work Systems Design Evaluation group in the Collaborative and Assistant Systems area within the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA ARC. He holds a PhD in social science informatics from the University of Amsterdam, for which he developed a theory for modeling and simulating work practice using Brahms.


Collaborators: The Brahms Team

Contact: Maarten Sierhuis


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