Nicolas Cointe

Ph.D. Student in Artificial Intelligence

École des Mines de Saint Étienne - Institut Henri Fayol - Computer Science Department
Laboratoire Hubert Curien - Connected Intelligence Team
Groupe de Recherche en Informatique, Image, Automatique et Electronique de Caen (GREYC) - Modèle, Agent, Décision Team (MAD)


My PhD topic is the design of a conceptual framework to represent and use collective ethics in multiagent systems. This issue is studied in the litterature only with an agent-centered perpective. Our model allows the internal representation of an other agent's ethics and mental states (similar to the human's theory of mind) to produce a judgment as counteridenticals do. We want to define precisely the various notions of ethics and moral philosophy to allow the representation of a large set of theories and design an ethics-based cooperation framework.

Our approach mainly focus on rationnals and cognitive agents with an explicit representation of morals and ethics through a set of moral values, rules and ethical principles. These elements are parts of a judgment process designed as an extension of the classic BDI architecture.

This thesis is funded by the Agence Nationale pour la Recherche and the project EthicAa (Ethics an Autonomous Agents).



International conferences and workshops

National conferences

About me

Download my resume as a PDF




École des Mines de Saint-Étienne (graduate level)


Ethical market simulator

This software implemented with the JaCaMo framework is a multi-agent system used to simulate a financial market and show how a set of agents may trade assets according with ethical considerations and evaluate the behavior of the others.

Please see here how to download, install and use this software.