From AO Methodologies to MAS Infrastructures: The SODA Case Study

Ambra Molesini, Enrico Denti, Andrea Omicini

Engineering Societies in the Agents World VIII, pages 300-317
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4995, September 2008
Alexander Artikis, Gregory O'Hare, Kostas Stathis, George Vouros (eds.)
8th International Workshop (ESAW'07), 22-24 October 2007, Athens, Greece

In the last years, research on agent-oriented (AO) methodologies and multi-agent system (MAS) infrastructures has developed along two opposite paths: while AO methodologies have essentially undergone a top-down evolution pushed by contributions from heterogeneous fields like human sciences, MAS infrastructures have mostly followed a bottom-up path growing from existing and widespread (typically object-oriented) technologies. This dichotomy has produced a conceptual gap between the proposed AO methodologies and the agent infrastructures actually available, as well as a technical gap in the MAS engineering practice, where methodologies are often built <em>ad hoc</em> out of MAS infrastructures, languages and tools.

This paper proposes a new method for filling the gap between methodologies and infrastructures based on the definition and study of the meta-models of both AO methodologies and MAS infrastructures. By allowing structural representation of abstractions to be captured along with their mutual relations, meta-models make it possible to map design-time abstractions from AO methodologies upon run-time abstractions from MAS technologies, thus promoting a more coherent and effective practice in MAS engineering. In order to validate our method, we take an AO methodology &mdash; SODA &mdash; and show how it can be mapped upon three different MAS infrastructures using meta-models as mapping guidelines. 

Author = {Molesini, Ambra and Denti, Enrico and Omicini, Andrea},
Booktitle = {Engineering Societies in the Agents World VIII},
Doi = {10.1007/978-3-540-87654-0},
Editor = {Artikis, Alexander and O'Hare, Gregory and Stathis, Kostas and Vouros, George},
Isbn = {978-3-540-87653-3},
Issn = {0302-9743},
Issn-Online = {1611-3349},
Month = sep,
Note = {8th International Workshop (ESAW'07), 22--24~} # oct # {~2007,  Athens, Greece. Revised Selected Papers},
Pages = {300--317},
Publisher = {Springer},
ScopusId = {2-s2.0-55249105476},
Series = {LNCS},
Title = {From {AO} Methodologies to {MAS} Infrastructures: The {{\sf SODA}} Case Study},
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Volume = 4995,
Year = 2008


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