Zooming Multi-Agent Systems


Ambra Molesini, Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Enrico Denti

Jörg P. Müller, Franco Zambonelli (eds.)
“6th International Workshop "Agent-Oriented Software Engineering" (AOSE 2005)”, pages 193-204
25-26 July 2005

<div>Complex systems call for a hierarchical description. Analogously, the engineering of non-trivial MASs (multiagent systems) requires principles and mechanisms for a multi-layered description, which could be used by MAS designers to provide different level of abstractions over MASs.</div>

<div>In this paper, we first advocate the need for zooming mechanisms, promoting a coherent and consistent multi-layered view of agent systems. After surveying the best-known AOSE methodologies, we focus on the scaling mechanisms of the OPM process-oriented methodology. Then, by adopting SODA as our reference, we show how an AOSE methodology can be enhanced with simple yet expressive zooming mechanisms. Finally, we present a simple case study where the enhanced agent-oriented methodology (SODA+zoom) is exploited and put to the test. </div>


— editors

Jörg P. Müller, Franco Zambonelli

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— sort

paper in proceedings

— publication date

25-26 July 2005

— volume title

6th International Workshop "Agent-Oriented Software Engineering" (AOSE 2005)

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— address

AAMAS 2005, Utrecht, The Netherlands





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