Zooming Multi-Agent Systems


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Ambra Molesini, Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Enrico Denti

Jörg P. Müller, Franco Zambonelli (eds.)
“Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VI”, pages 81-93
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3950
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
2006

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 levels of abstraction over MASs. 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.

Journals & Series

Publication

— editors

Jörg P. Müller, Franco Zambonelli

— status

published

— sort

paper in proceedings

— publication date

2006

— volume title

Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VI

— series

Lecture Notes in Computer Science

— volume

3950

— pages

81-93

URLs

original page

identifiers

— IRIS

11585/28106

— WoS / ISI

000238091200007

— ISSN

0302-9743

— ISBN

3-540-34097-1

notes

— note

6th International Workshop (AOSE 2005), Utrecht, The Netherlands, 25-26 July 2005. Revised and Invited Papers

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