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Zooming Multi-Agent Systems

Ambra Molesini, Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Enrico Denti
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.
Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VI, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3950, pages 81-93, 2006.
Jörg P. Müller, Franco Zambonelli (eds.), Springer Berlin Heidelberg
6th International Workshop (AOSE 2005), Utrecht, The Netherlands, 25-26 July 2005. Revised and Invited Papers
	Author = {Molesini, Ambra and Omicini, Andrea and Ricci, Alessandro and Denti, Enrico},
	Booktitle = {Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VI},
	Doi = {10.1007/11752660_7},
	Editor = {M{\"u}ller, J{\"o}rg P. and Zambonelli, Franco},
	Isbn = {3-540-34097-1},
	Issn = {0302-9743},
	Note = {6th International Workshop (AOSE 2005), Utrecht, The Netherlands, 25--26~} # jul # {~2005. Revised and Invited Papers},
	Pages = {81--93},
	Publisher = {Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
	ScopusId = {2-s2.0-33745847518},
	Series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
	Subseries = {Programming and Software Engineering},
	Title = {Zooming Multi-Agent Systems},
	Url = {http://link.springer.com/10.1007/11752660_7},
	Volume = 3950,
	WosId = {000238091200007},
	Year = 2006}