Patterns to Measure and Utilize Trust in Multi-Agent Systems

Gerrit Anders, Jan-Philipp Steghöfer, Florian Siefert, and Wolfgang Reif

This paper introduces three patterns to measure and utilize trust values in multi-agent systems (MAS). They allow a software engineer to incorporate mechanisms to gauge the benefit of interactions with other agents into the modeling and design process. In particular, patterns for trust from direct observation, reputation, and Trusted Communities are described. Each pattern contains the elements necessary to incorporate trust into a MAS and the collaboration required between the elements to make use of the measured values. The application of the patterns is demonstrated with an example from the domain of energy management systems.
published 03.10.2011 Proceedings of the 2011 Fifth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshop (SASOW)

Publisher: IEEE



For questions regarding the publication, please contact!