Social Coherence in Multi-Agent Organizations

This project presents a social coherence-based model and simulation framework to study the dynamics of multi-agent organizations. This simple operational model introduces the notion of social coherence as the main social organizing principle in MAS. Moreover, the model rests on the notion of social commitment to represent all the agents’ explicit inter-dependencies, including roles and organizational structures. Sanction policies provide social control mechanisms to regulate the enforcement of social commitments. In this model, social control is actually integrated into the coherence calculus. Local coherence is the driving force that organizes agents’ behaviour and from which social coherence emerges. A SC-Sim simulator has been implemented as a Java applet.


Erick Martinez, Philippe Pasquier.

Research paper

E. Martínez, I. Kwiatkowski & P. Pasquier. (2010) “Towards a Model of Social Coherence in Multi-Agent Organizations.” In Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Multi-Agent Systems, AAMAS-2010, Toronto.

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