Computing is in the midst of a paradigm shift from individual computations to interaction. Current techniques are woefully inadequate for network-based applications, such as ubiquitous information access and e-commerce, which involve a number of heterogeneous (or independently designed) and autonomous (or independently operated) subsystems. The notion of interaction offers a natural, powerful conceptual basis for designing solutions for these applications. Coupling this idea with the agent metaphor (characterised by autonomous, persistent computations that perceive, reason, act, and communicate), leads to new thinking about how to represent multi-agent interactions. This talk will discuss our approaches in this area, which involve ways to represent agent interactions with commitments.
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