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From AOSE Methodologies to MAS Infrastructures: The SODA Case Study

Ambra Molesini, Enrico Denti, Andrea Omicini
In the last years, research on agent-oriented (AO) methodologies and multi-agent system (MAS) infrastructures has developed along two opposite paths: while AO methodologies have essentially undergone a top-down evolution pushed by contributions from heterogeneous fields like human sciences, MAS infrastructures have mostly followed a bottom-up path growing from existing and widespread (typically object-oriented) technologies. This dichotomy has produced a conceptual gap between the proposed AO methodologies and the agent infrastructures actually available, as well as a technical gap in the MAS engineering practice, where methodologies are often built ad hoc out of MAS infrastructures, languages and tools.

This paper proposes a new method for filling the gap between methodologies and infrastructures based on the definition and study of the meta-models of both AO methodologies and MAS infrastructures. By allowing structural representation of abstractions to be captured along with their mutual relations, meta-models make it possible to map design-time abstractions from AO methodologies upon run-time abstractions from MAS technologies, thus promoting a more coherent and effective practice in MAS engineering. In order to validate our method, we take an AO methodology — SODA — and show how it can be mapped upon three different MAS infrastructures using meta-models as mapping guidelines.

8th International Workshop "Engineering Societies in the Agents World" (ESAW'07), pages 283-298, 22-24 October 2007.
Alexander Artikis, Gregory O'Hare, Kostas Stathis, George Vouros (eds.), NCSR "Demokritos", Athens, Greece
Workshop Notes
@inproceedings{soda-esaw07,
	Address = {Athens, Greece},
	Author = {Molesini, Ambra and Denti, Enrico and Omicini, Andrea},
	Booktitle = {8th International Workshop ``Engineering Societies in the Agents World'' (ESAW'07)},
	Editor = {Artikis, Alexander and O'Hare, Gregory and Stathis, Kostas and Vouros, George},
	Month = {22--24~} # oct,
	Note = {Workshop Notes},
	Pages = {283--298},
	Publisher = {NCSR ``Demokritos''},
	Title = {From {AOSE} Methodologies to {MAS} Infrastructures: The {{\sf SODA}} Case Study},
	Year = 2007}