The Social Concept of Trust as Enabler for Robustness in Open Self-Organising Systems

Gerrit Anders, Hella Seebach, Jan-Philipp Steghöfer, Wolfgang Reif, Elisabeth André, Jörg Hähner, Christian Müller-Schloer, and Theo Ungerer

The participants in open self-organising systems, including users and autonomous agents, operate in a highly uncertain environment in which the agents’ benevolence cannot be assumed. One way to address this challenge is to use computational trust. By extending the notion of trust as a qualifier of relationships between agents and incorporating trust into the agents’ decisions, they can cope with uncertainties stemming from unintentional as well as intentional misbehaviour. As a consequence, the system’s robustness and efficiency increases. In this context, we show how an extended notion of trust can be used in the formation of system structures, algorithmically to mitigate uncertainties in task and resource allocation, and as a sanctioning and incentive mechanism. Beyond that, we outline how the users’ trust in a self-organising system can be increased, which is decisive for the acceptance of these systems.
published 01.08.2016 Trustworthy Open Self-Organising Systems

Publisher: Springer International Publishing


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