From AO Methodologies to MAS Infrastructures: The SODA Case Study


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Ambra Molesini, Enrico Denti, Andrea Omicini

Alexander Artikis, Gregory O'Hare, Kostas Stathis, George Vouros (eds.)
“Engineering Societies in the Agents World VIII”, pages 300-317
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4995
Springer
September 2008

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. 

Publication

— editors

Alexander Artikis, Gregory O'Hare, Kostas Stathis, George Vouros

— status

published

— sort

paper in proceedings

— publication date

September 2008

— volume title

Engineering Societies in the Agents World VIII

— series

Lecture Notes in Computer Science

— volume

4995

— pages

300-317

URLs

original page  |  original PDF

identifiers

— IRIS

11585/62573

— WoS / ISI

000261347600017

— ISSN

0302-9743

— E-ISSN

1611-3349

— ISBN

978-3-540-87653-3

notes

— note

8th International Workshop (ESAW'07), 22-24 October 2007, Athens, Greece

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