Formal Development of Reactive Agent-Based Systems

Formal Development of Reactive Agent-Based Systems

P. Kefalas (CITY College, Greece), M. Holcombe (University of Sheffield, UK), G. Eleftherakis (CITY College, Greece) and M. Gheorghe (University of Sheffield, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch212
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Abstract

Recent advances in both the testing and verification of software based on formal specifications have reached a point where the ideas can be applied in a powerful way in the design of agent-based systems. The software engineering research has highlighted a number of important issues: the importance of the type of modelling technique used; the careful design of the model to enable powerful testing techniques to be used; the automated verification of the behavioural properties of the system; and the need to provide a mechanism for translating the formal models into executable software in a simple and transparent way.

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