Design Patterns for Self-Organising Systems

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Luca Gardelli, Mirko Viroli, Andrea Omicini
Hans-Dieter Burkhard, Rineke Verbrugge, László Zsolt Varga (eds.)
Multi-Agent Systems and Applications V, pages 123–132
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence) 4696
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
September 2007

Natural systems are regarded as rich sources of inspiration for engineering artificial systems, particularly when adopting the multiagent system (MAS) paradigm. To promote a systematic reuse of mechanisms featured in self-organising systems, we analyse a selection of design patterns devised from the self-organisation literature. Starting from our reference MAS metamodel, we propose a pattern scheme that reflects the peculiarities of self-organising systems. Then, we provide a complete characterisation of each pattern, with particular attention to the problem description, the solution with respect to our metamodel, the natural systems which have inspired the pattern and known applications.

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