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}

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