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Coordinating Activities and Change: An Event-Driven Architecture for Situated MAS

Stefano Mariani, Andrea Omicini
Agent activities and environment change are what make things happen in a multi-agent system (MAS). Complexity in a MAS comes from non-trivial dependencies between activities (social interaction), and between activities and environment change (situated interaction). As they are used to manage social (agent-agent) dependencies, coordination artefacts could also be used to govern situated (agent-environment) dependencies.

Along this line, in this paper we propose an event-driven architecture for complex MAS that exploits coordination to handle all sorts of dependencies in a uniform way. We first motivate the underlying meta-model and put some well-known agent-based frameworks in perspective, then we discuss its general articulation along with its reification within the TuCSoN coordination middleware.
Keywords: MAS architecture; event-driven model; situatedness; coordination; TuCSoN
Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 41, pages 298-309, May 2015.
Giancarlo Fortino (eds.), Elsevier
Special Section on Agent-oriented Methods for Engineering Complex Distributed Systems
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	Author = {Mariani, Stefano and Omicini, Andrea},
	Doi = {10.1016/j.engappai.2014.10.006},
	Issn = {0952-1976},
	Editor = {Fortino, Giancarlo},
	Journal = {Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence},
	Keywords = {MAS architecture; event-driven model; situatedness; coordination; TuCSoN},
	Month = may,
	Note = {{S}pecial Section on Agent-oriented Methods for Engineering Complex Distributed Systems},
	Pages = {298--309},
	Publisher = {Elsevier},
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	Title = {Coordinating Activities and Change: An Event-Driven Architecture for Situated {MAS}},
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