Despite 50 years of research on speech act theory in the philosophy of language, and the use of this work in defining artificial languages for multi-agent communications, most of this effort has focused on dialogues and locutions over knowledge and beliefs. Relatively little attention has been paid to locutions and dialogs over action. In this seminar, I will talk about my recent work in defining the semantics and pragmatics for action locutions, such as promises and commands, work which views these dialogs as involving the joint, incremental manipulation of annotated action-intentionality tokens. This view enables the development of a formal denotational semantics for action locutions and dialogs, using partitioned tuple spaces of tokens as the key organizing idea.
Dr Peter McBurney
Peter McBurney is a Senior Lecturer in the Agent Applications, Research and Technology (Agent ART) Group of the 5-rated Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, home of 8 Nobel Laureates, in Liverpool, UK. Between January 2004 and March 2006, he was the Administrative Co-ordinator of the AgentLink III network, an EC-funded Co-ordination Action supporting European research and development in agent-based computing. The network comprised over 200 academic, research and industrial organizations from across Europe. In 2007 and 2008, he is GameMaster of the Market Design or CAT Tournament, sponsored by the Trading Agent Competition and the MBC Project. The finals of the 2008 CAT Tournament will be held in Chicago, IL, USA, as part of AAAI 2008.
McBurney's research focuses on multi-agent software systems for complex decision-making domains, dealing particularly with agent communications languages, the use of argumentation for rational interaction between machines, and multi-agent simulation modeling. He has published over 120 papers (94 refereed), 5 books and 12 monographs.
McBurney has a University Medal in Mathematical Statistics from the Australian National University, Canberra, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool.
A more complete biography can be found on his homepage (link above).