2. Beliefs in Groups

  1. Barbara Dunin-Kȩplicz Ph.D. Professor1 and
  2. Rineke Verbrugge Ph.D. Professor2

Published Online: 6 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665237.ch2

Teamwork in Multi-Agent Systems: A Formal Approach

Teamwork in Multi-Agent Systems: A Formal Approach

How to Cite

Dunin-Kȩplicz, B. and Verbrugge, R. (2010) Beliefs in Groups, in Teamwork in Multi-Agent Systems: A Formal Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665237.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Warsaw University and Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

  2. 2

    University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 JUN 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Agent Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Michael Wooldridge

Series Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470699881

Online ISBN: 9780470665237



  • agents’ awareness;
  • axiom systems;
  • group belief;
  • knowledge;
  • multi-agent environments;
  • teamwork


The research presented in this chapter is meant to contribute for the discussion on formal specifications of agents' awareness in modelling teamwork. The chapter argues that agents' awareness becomes a first-class citizen in contemporary multi-agent applications. It shortly describes the different ways in which agents' awareness in dynamic environments can be created, including their possible pitfalls. The chapter explains well-known axiom systems for beliefs and knowledge, respectively, treating the properties of individual and group notions of awareness. It describes some difficulties when combining knowledge and belief in a single logical system. The chapter also delineates problems concerning agents' awareness in multi-agent environments. It focuses on agents' awareness about their own mental states and the effects of their bounded rationality. Problematic aspects of agents' models of other individual’s mental states are also discussed.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

knowledge management; modelling; multi-agent systems; team working