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Agent-Oriented Programming

TitleAgent-Oriented Programming
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsShoham, Y
Date Published11/1990
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAgent-Oriented Programming, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Stanford University
AbstractA new computational framework is presented, called agent-oriented programming, which can be viewed as an specialization of object-oriented programming. The state of an agent consists of components called beliefs, choices, capabilities, commitments, and possibly others; for this reason the state of an agent is called its mental state. The mental state of agents is captured formally in an extension of standard epistemic logics: beside temporalizing the knowledge and belief operators, AOP introduces operators for commitment, choice and capability. Agents are controlled by agent programs, which include primitives for communicating with other agents. In the spirit of speech-act theory, each communication primitives is of a certain type: informing, requesting, offering, and so on. This document presents the concept of AOP, and describes progress made to date towards realizing it.
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