Situated Process Engineering for Integrating Processes from Methodologies to Infrastructures

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Ambra Molesini, Elena Nardini, Enrico Denti, Andrea Omicini

In the field of Multi-Agent Systems (MASs), methodologies and infrastructures have developed in the last years along two opposite paths: while Agent-Oriented (AO) methodologies have essentially undergone a top-down evolution, MAS infrastructures have mostly followed a bottom-up path, producing a conceptual gap between the proposed AO methodologies and the actually available agent infrastructures. This paper aims at defining a method for filling such a gap based on Situational Method Engineering (SME) and SPEM (Software Process Engineering Meta-model).

After highlighting the lack of research and sufficient understanding about the role of the infrastructures in the software engineering process, we show that infrastructures, like methodologies, have process behind them, and propose a method based on the integration of the processes underpinning both methodologies and infrastructures. Then, we validate such an approach by showing how the process of the SODA methodology can be integrated with the process of the TuCSoN infrastructure using SME and SPEM.

(keywords) Multi-agent systems, AOSE, software process, methodology, MAS infrastructures, SODA, TuCSoN, SPEM, situational method engineering
24th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2009), pages 699-706, 8-12 March 2009.
Sung Y. Shin, Sascha Ossowski, Ronaldo Menezes, Mirko Viroli (eds.), ACM, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
AcmId = {1529429},
Address = {Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA},
Author = {Molesini, Ambra and Nardini, Elena and Denti, Enrico and Omicini, Andrea},
Booktitle = {24th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2009)},
Doi = {10.1145/1529282.1529429},
Editor = {Shin, Sung Y. and Ossowski, Sascha and Menezes, Ronaldo and Viroli, Mirko},
Isbn = {978-1-60558-166-8},
Month = {8--12~} # mar,
Pages = {699--706},
Publisher = {ACM},
ScopusId = {2-s2.0-72949123438},
Title = {Situated Process Engineering for Integrating Processes from Methodologies to Infrastructures},
Url = {},
Volume = {II},
Year = 2009}



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