Modeling the mental activity of an autonomous agent: an implementation based on intentions and persuasions

P. Baroni, D. Fogli, G. Guida, S. Mussi

Proc. of Cybernetics and Systems 98 14th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Wien, A, 1998, 737-742



In this paper, we propose a novel approach to the design of intelligent autonomous agents, based on an original model of mental activity. In particular, we introduce the concept of active mental entity, as a new way of representing mental attitudes such as intentions and persuasions. The internal architecture of an agent is thus understood as a distributed system whose reasoning activity is determined by the interactions among active mental entities. A detailed description of the structure and operation of an agent is provided. The implementation of the proposed paradigm is then illustrated and some performance examples are presented.

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