Revising institutions governed by institutions for compliant regulations

Thomas C. King, Tingting Li, Marina De Vos, Catholijn M. Jonker, Julian Padget, M. Birna van Riemsdijk

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Institutions governing multi-agent systems (MASs) are a pervasive means to guide agents towards the aims of the MAS (e.g. collecting data) with regulations on the outcomes of agents’ behaviour. Yet, wider organisations/governments often intend to guide the design of institutions governing MAS in meeting different aims (e.g. preserving the rights of agents). A pervasive means to guide the design of MAS-governing institutions (or any institution, for that matter) is to use institutions at higher tiers of governance (e.g. directives, constitutions) to regulate the regulations of institutions at lower tiers of governance (e.g. national legislation, software policies). A recent innovation has been an automated means to determine the compliance of a lowertier institution’s regulations with a higher-tier’s. However, for a designer of a non-compliant institution there remains a dilemma: be punished for non-compliant regulations or arduously determine and rectify the underlying causes of non-compliance. In this paper we propose a way to automatically determine how to revise an institution to be compliant that also minimises the change in the regulations’ outcomes thus keeping as closely as possible to the institution designers’ original intentions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Normes in Agent Systems XI
Subtitle of host publicationCOIN 2015 International Workshops, COIN@AAMAS, Istanbul, Turkey, May 4, 2015, COIN@IJCAI, Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 26, 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsV. Dignum, P. Noriega, M. Sensoy, J. Simao Sichman
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319426907
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2016
EventInternational Conference on Coordination, Organisations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems, 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 May 20154 May 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Coordination, Organisations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems, 2015


  • Institution revision
  • Institutional compliance
  • Multi-tier institutions
  • Norm revision


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