An agent oriented tool for method engineering

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Massimo Cossentino, Luca Sabatucci, Valeria Seidita, Salvatore Gaglio
Andrea Omicini, Barbara Dunin-Kȩplicz, Julian A. Padget (eds.)
4th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2006)
CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Sun SITE Central Europe, RWTH Aachen University, Lisbon, Portugal
14-15 dec 2006

In the last years we applied the Method Engineering paradigm to the development of agent-oriented design processes. The main difficulty in our initial experiments was ensuring the support of a customised CASE tool to the new methodology. In this paper we now present a Computer-Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) tool that we developed in order to allow the design of the new process and then its instantiation. The process is executed as a workflow, the designer receives the help of an expert system (for routine works automation and syntax/semantic checks) and can model his/her system using a set of Eclipse plug-ins supporting all UML diagrams. The development of this tool started from the definition of a system metamodel obtained from the initial requirements and then instantiated using open-source and ad hoc developed components; as it could be expected relevant portions of this tool are developed using the agent-oriented paradigm.

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wrenchMEnSA — Methodologies for the Engineering of complex Software systems: Agent-based approach  (01/03/2007–28/02/2009)