Intentional Agents

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Intentional Agents

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Computer Science

Abstract/Excerpt

Agents have mental attitudes such as belief, goal, commitment , plan, intention, etc. In this chapter, we propose a type of agent called Intentional Agents and discuss complex intention structures as the mental attitude of these agents. We consider intention structures for several forms of actions such as simple action, conditional action, repetitive action, concurrent actions, etc. We also extend this idea to mental actions in the form of meta intention s. Intentions are useful in reasoning with actions in future once they are committed to, particularly while (a) responding to unexpected events in the world with regard to an intended action, and (b) executing the action at the best available opportunity. However, complex intention structures result in computational overhead called mental effort for an agent. We measure the mental effort of an agent in terms of its intentions over time in different shopping scenarios and observe that repetitive (loop based) actions result in larger mental effort compared to simple and conditional actions.

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

Transactions on Engineering Technologies: World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2014

Editors

Haeng Kon Kim, Mahyar A. Amouzegar, and Sio-Iong Ao

Publisher

Springer

Place of Publication

Netherlands

Publication Date

2015

Pages

259-272

ISBN

9789401772358

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/978-94-017-7236-5_18

Keywords

agents, commitment, intention, intention structure, mental effort, mental states, meta intention, option

Disciplines

Computational Engineering | Databases and Information Systems | Electrical and Computer Engineering

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