WG3, Organisations

How a group of agents/services best organise themselves and interact to solve a problem is still an open question. We will use techniques of virtual organisations to specify how to solve a complex task/problem by a number of agents in a declarative way. The agents participating in an organisation can work together and form teams for the solution of a particular task within the scope of the organisational objectives. The particular organisation of the group of agents will thus be the answer to the complexity of the problem. For instance, in a hierarchical organisation when not enough agents are found at a certain level to solve a problem, a reorganisation of the hierarchy is to be made that flattens the structure.


  • Study how organizational structures can improve and accelerate co-ordination processes in open environments
  • Identify the organizational concepts that are relevant to open multiagent systems and define ontologies that describe organizational structures at different levels of abstraction and for different types of problems
  • Design mechanisms for team formation and teamwork that exploit organisational information so as to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of unstructured approaches
  • Study the effect of organisational regulation on the quality and flexibility of teamwork.
  • Design mechanisms for adaptation of organisations: an important question in open systems is how to endow an organisation with autonomic capabilities to yield a dynamical answer to changing circumstances


  • Meta-modelling approach to represent different organisational models.
  • Filtering approaches based on organisational information to tackle scalability issues in teamwork.
  • Social simulation approach to evaluate properties of regulation mechanisms.

Working group chair:

  • Marco Colombetti

Working group co-chair:

  • Estefania Argente