Dialogues that account for different perspectives in collaborative argumentation

TitleDialogues that account for different perspectives in collaborative argumentation
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2009
AuthorsBlack E, Atkinson K
Conference NameProceedings of Eighth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS '09)

It is often the case that agents within a system have distinct types
of knowledge. Furthermore, whilst common goals may be agreed
upon, the particular representations of the individual agents’ views
of the world that they operate within may not always match. In this
paper we provide a framework to allow different agents with different
expertise to make individual contributions to an overall reasoning
process, in order to make a decision about how to act to achieve
some goal. Our framework is based on a model of argumentation
that embeds inquiry dialogues within a process of practical reasoning.
We combine two different approaches to argumentative reasoning
and show not only how they can function together within a
formal framework to provide richer interactions, but also how this
facilitates reasoning across distributed agents who may each have
different perspectives on the scenarios they operate in.