A multiagent framework for coordinating industrial symbiotic networks

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We present a formal multiagent framework for coordinating a class of collaborative industrial practices called “Industrial Symbiotic Networks (ISNs)” as cooperative games. The game-theoretic formulation of ISNs enables systematic reasoning about what we call the ISN implementation problem. Specifically, the characteristics of ISNs may lead to the inapplicability of standard fair and stable benefit allocation methods. Inspired by realistic ISN scenarios and following the literature on normative multiagent systems, we consider regulations and normative socio-economic policies as coordination instruments that in combination with ISN games resolve the situation. In this multiagent system, employing Marginal Contribution Nets (MC-Nets) as rule-based cooperative game representations foster the combination of regulations and ISN games with no loss in expressiveness. We develop algorithmic methods for generating regulations that ensure the implementability of ISNs and as a policy support, present the policy requirements that guarantee the implementability of desired ISNs in a balanced-budget way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-53
Number of pages16
JournalCEUR workshop proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event21st Workshop "From Objects to Agents", WOA 2020 - Online event, Bologna, Italy
Duration: 14 Sept 202016 Sept 2020
Conference number: 21


  • Agent-oriented coordination
  • Industrial symbiosis
  • Multiagent systems
  • Normative methods

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