Zooming Multi-Agent Systems


Ambra Molesini  /  Ambra Molesini, Andrea Omicini, Enrico Denti, Alessandro Ricci

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.

Publications

  • Zooming Multi-Agent Systems — Ambra Molesini, Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Enrico Denti. Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VI. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3950, 2006

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