Sascha Ossowski, Andrea Omicini

By adopting a structured knowledge-level approach, coordination knowledgecan be ascribed to groups (societies) of system components (agents) as a whole, rather than to individuals, in order to effectively rationalise complex patterns of interaction within intelligent (multi-agent) systems. Be it either explicitly represented at the symbol-level or hard-coded within specific coordination algorithms, coordination knowledge is instrumented by a wide and heterogeneous variety of coordination models, abstractions and technologies. Coordination knowledge engineering is then about eliciting, modelling and instrumenting coordination knowledge in a principled and effective manner.

In this introductory article, we briefly review two well-known frameworks to conceptualise coordination, then we discuss different dimensions along which coordination models can be classified, and analyse their impact on the design of coordination mechanisms and their supporting coordination knowledge. Finally, we sketch our view on coordination knowledge engineering and introduce the different contributions to this special issue along this line.

The Knowledge Engineering Review 17(4), pages 309-316, December 2002.
Andrea Omicini, Sascha Ossowski (eds.), Cambridge University Press
Special Issue: Coordination and Knowledge Engineering
Author = {Ossowski, Sascha and Omicini, Andrea},
Doi = {10.1017/S0269888903000596},
Editor = {Omicini, Andrea and Ossowski, Sascha},
Issn = {0269-8889},
Issn-Online = {1469-8005},
Journal = {The Knowledge Engineering Review},
Month = dec,
Note = {Special Issue: Coordination and Knowledge Engineering},
Number = 4,
Pages = {309--316},
Publisher = {Cambridge University Press},
ScopusId = {2-s2.0-0348162605},
Title = {Coordination Knowledge Engineering},
Url = {},
Volume = 17,
WosId = {000185058600001},
Year = 2002}


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