A normative approach to multi-agent systems for intelligent buildings
Huang, Z., Liu, K. and Gulliver, S. (2011) A normative approach to multi-agent systems for intelligent buildings. In: Jorna, R., Liu, K. and Faber, N. (eds.) Problems and Possibilities of Computational Humanities: Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations. Fryske Akademy, The Netherlands, pp. 119-128. ISBN 9789490719005
Building Management Systems (BMS) are widely adopted in modern buildings around the world in order to provide high-quality building services, and reduce the running cost of the building. However, most BMS are functionality-oriented and do not consider user personalization. The aim of this research is to capture and represent building management rules using organizational semiotics methods. We implement Semantic Analysis, which determines semantic units in building management and their relationship patterns of behaviour, and Norm Analysis, which extracts and specifies the norms that establish how and when these management actions occur. Finally, we propose a multi-agent framework for norm based building management. This framework contributes to the design domain of intelligent building management system by defining a set of behaviour patterns, and the norms that govern the real-time behaviour in a building.