A Multiagent Approach for Configuring and Explaining Workflow of Semantic Web Services

A Multiagent Approach for Configuring and Explaining Workflow of Semantic Web Services

Vasco Furtado (University of Fortaleza, Brazil), Leonardo Ayres (University of Fortaleza, Brazil) and Gustavo Fernandes (University of Fortaleza, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/jitwe.2007100101
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Abstract

In this article, we describe a multiagent application that configures Semantic Web services following a design problem solving method. For that, a propose-and-revise strategy was modeled and implemented in OWL-S. The other contribution of this method is the extension of OWL-S for recording the service execution flow followed by the agent. The trace of the agent’s reasoning is stored in node sets represented in a proof markup language, which make up a framework for explanations on the Web. The proposed approach is shown to be useful in the context of e-business where the workflow definition of services is automatically performed by the agents in order to configure a computer from a customer order.

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