Coordination Models and Frameworks

  • Abdellah Bedrouni
  • Ranjeev Mittu
  • Abdeslem Boukhtouta
  • Jean Berger


The previous chapters have identified, highlighted, and addressed different issues and key aspects pertaining to coordination such as the need to understand scalability issues, as well as examples of the context in which coordination can occur, specifically, within the domain of distributed problem solving. With these issues and examples in mind, this chapter takes a higher level view and outlines the need for adequate models to provide support for studying coordination and building reliable organizations and systems. This chapter is thus devoted to presenting and describing relevant coordination models and frameworks designed to provide the foundation for understanding and managing the space of agent interactions.


Design Pattern Coordination Mechanism Coordination Model Legacy Application Buyer Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdellah Bedrouni
    • 1
  • Ranjeev Mittu
    • 2
  • Abdeslem Boukhtouta
    • 3
  • Jean Berger
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical & Industrial EngineeringConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Head, Intelligent Decision Support Section (Code 5584) Information Technology DivisionU.S. Naval Research LaboratoryWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Defence Research & Development Canada - ValcartierDecision Support Technology SectionVal-BelairCanada

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