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A Method Fragments Approach to Methodologies for Engineering Self-Organising Systems

Mariachiara Puviani, Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, Regina Frei, Giacomo Cabri
This article summarizes five relevant methods for developing self-organizing multiagent systems. It identifies their most relevant aspects and provides a description of each one under the form of method fragments expressed using SPEM (Software and System Process Engineering Metamodel). The use of a “metamodel” to describe fragments facilitates the comparison of the methods and their respective fragments. These fragments can be combined and be part of a more general ad hoc methodology, created according to the needs of the designer. Self-organizing traffic lights controllers and self-organizing displays are chosen as case studies to illustrate the methods and to underline which fragments are important for self-organizing systems. Finally, we illustrate how to augment PASSI2, an agent-based methodology which does not consider self-organization aspects, with some of the identified fragments for self-organization.
ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems 7(12), pages 33:1-33:25, 25 pages, article no. 33, September 2012, ACM Press
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	Author = {Puviani, Mariachiara and Di Marzo Serugendo, Giovanna and Frei, Regina and Cabri, Giacomo},
	Doi = {10.1145/2348832.2348836},
	Issn = {1556-4665},
	Journal = {ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS)},
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	Pages = {33:1-33:25},
	Title = {A Method Fragments Approach to Methodologies for Engineering Self-Organising Systems},
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