From Good Intentions to Behaviour Change: Probabilistic Feature Diagrams for Behaviour Support Agents

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Abstract

Behaviour support technology assists people in organising their daily activities and changing their behaviour. A fundamental notion underlying such supportive technology is that of compliance with behavioural norms: do people indeed perform the desired behaviour? Existing technology employs a rigid implementation of compliance: a norm is either satisfied or not. In practice however, behaviour change norms are less strict: E.g., is a new norm to do sports at least three times a week complied with if it is occasionally only done twice a week? To address this, in this paper we formally specify probabilistic norms through a variant of feature diagrams, enabling a hierarchical decomposition of the desired behaviour and its execution frequencies. Further, we define a new notion of probabilistic norm compliance using a formal hypothesis testing framework. We show that probabilistic norm compliance can be used in a real-world setting by implementing and evaluating our semantics with respect to an existing daily behaviour dataset.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPRIMA 2019: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems
Subtitle of host publication22nd International Conference, Turin, Italy, October 28-31, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsMatteo Baldoni, Mehdi Dastani, Beishui Liao, Yuko Sakurai, Rym Zalila-Wenkstern
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages354-369
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-33792-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-33791-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, PRIMA 2019 - Turin, Italy
Duration: 28 Oct 201931 Oct 2019
Conference number: 22

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume11873
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, PRIMA 2019
Abbreviated titlePRIMA
CountryItaly
CityTurin
Period28/10/1931/10/19

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    Kließ, M. S., Stoelinga, M., & van Riemsdijk, M. B. (2019). From Good Intentions to Behaviour Change: Probabilistic Feature Diagrams for Behaviour Support Agents. In M. Baldoni, M. Dastani, B. Liao, Y. Sakurai, & R. Zalila-Wenkstern (Eds.), PRIMA 2019: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems: 22nd International Conference, Turin, Italy, October 28-31, 2019, Proceedings (pp. 354-369). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 11873). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33792-622