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General-Purpose Coordination Abstractions for Managing Interaction in MAS

Elena Nardini, Andrea Omicini, Mirko Viroli
Interaction represents one of the main sources of complexity in Multi-agent Systems (MAS). As a consequence, coordination — as the management of the space of system interaction — plays a key role in the engineering of MAS. In this context, the tuple centre coordination abstraction have been experimented in MAS to manage interaction among agents and between agents and MAS environment.

Along this line, the aim of this paper is to test the expressive power of tuple centres as the unifying abstractions to model and govern the whole range of admissible interactions within a MAS. For this purpose, we take the notion of Agent Coordination Context (ACC) — aimed at supporting interaction between an individual agent and the MAS as a whole — and show how it can be implemented in terms of a tuple centre in a MAS infrastructure. In particular, we adopt ReSpecT tuple centres as the coordination abstractions and TuCSoN as the coordination infrastructure managing the space of interaction in a MAS, and provide an example of how the TuCSoN ACC can be implemented by means of a suitably-programmed ReSpecT tuple centre.
Keywords: Agent Coordination Context; MAS Infrastructure; Coordination; TuCSoN; ReSpecT
The WI-IAT 2009 Workshops Proceedings, pages 501-506, 15-18 September 2009, IEEE Computer Society Press, Milano, Italy
2nd Workshop on Logics for Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (WLIAMAS 2009), 2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT'09)
@inproceedings{acc-iat2009,
	AcmNo = {1632219},
	Address = {Milano, Italy},
	Author = {Nardini, Elena and Omicini, Andrea and Viroli, Mirko},
	Booktitle = {The WI-IAT 2009 Workshops Proceedings},
	Doi = {10.1109/WI-IAT.2009.335},
	IeeeNo = {5285035},
	Isbn = {978-0-7695-3801-3},
	Isbn-Online = {978-1-4244-5331-3},
	Month = {15--18~} # sep,
	Note = {2nd Workshop on Logics for Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (WLIAMAS 2009), 2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT'09)},
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	Publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
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	Title = {General-Purpose Coordination Abstractions for Managing Interaction in {MAS}},
	Url = {http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=5285035},
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