Coordination Specification in Multi-Agent Systems: From Requirements to Architecture with the Tropos Methodology

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Anna Perini, Angelo Susi, Fausto Giunchiglia
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE '02), pages 51-54
ACM, New York, NY, USA

The goal of this paper is to propose a new methodology for designing coordination between human agents and software agents and, ultimately, among software agents. The methodology is based on two key ideas. The first is that coordination should be designed in steps, according to a precise software engineering methodology, and starting from the specification of early requirements. The second is that coordination should be modeled as dependency between actors. Two actors may depend on one another because they want to achieve goals, acquire resources or execute a plan. The methodology used is based on Tropos, an agent oriented software engineering methodology presented in earlier papers. The methodology is presented with the help of a case study.