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Improving Multi-Agent Architectural Design

  • Carla Silva
  • Jaelson Castro
  • Patrícia Tedesco
  • João Araújo
  • Ana Moreira
  • John Mylopoulos
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4408)

Abstract

Agents provide developers with a flexible way to structure systems around autonomous, communicating elements. To support the efficient development of such systems, design techniques need to be introduced. In this context, we propose an extension of the UML 2.0 metamodel to support agency features and UML-based diagrams which can be used to capture four views of multi-agent systems architecture (Architectural, Intentional, Environmental and Communication). The approach also provides heuristics to guide the description of multi-agent systems according to the proposed diagrams in the context of the Tropos framework. To illustrate the approach we present an Electronic Newspaper example.

Keywords

Multi-Agent Systems Architectural Design 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carla Silva
    • 1
  • Jaelson Castro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patrícia Tedesco
    • 1
  • João Araújo
    • 3
  • Ana Moreira
    • 3
  • John Mylopoulos
    • 4
  1. 1.Centro de Informática, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife-PE, 50732-970Brasil
  2. 2.Istituto Trentino di Cultura - ITC, Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica – IRST, Trento-PovoItaly
  3. 3.CITI/Dept. Informática, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 CaparicaPortugal
  4. 4.Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E4Canada

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