Social norms are expectations of an agent (human or software) about the behaviour of other agents in the society. An example of a social norm is the norm against littering. Social norms are simple constructs that can be used to facilitate cooperation in human societies. Normative multi-agent system researchers study how norms can be used to facilitate cooperation and collaboration among software agents. In virtual environments such as second life, avatars can embody software agents. It is important for a software agent operating under the open world assumption to be endowed with mechanisms to identify norms that govern its behaviour and its interactions with others. In this talk, I will first introduce the internal agent architecture for norm identification which an agent can use to identify the norms of a society. Second, I will discuss how one particular type of norm, the prohibition norm (e.g. don't litter the park) can be identified.
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