Multi-Agent Systems as Computational Organizations: The Gaia Methodology

Multi-Agent Systems as Computational Organizations: The Gaia Methodology

Franco Zambonelli (Universita di Modena e Regio Emilia, Italy), Nicholas R. Jennings (University of Southampton, UK) and Michael Wooldridge (University of Liverpool, UK)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 36
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-581-8.ch006
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Abstract

The multi-agent system paradigm introduces a number of new design/development issues when compared with more traditional approaches to software development and calls for the adoption of new software engineering abstractions. To this end, in this chapter, we elaborate on the potential of analyzing and architecting complex multi-agent systems in terms of computational organizations. Specifically, we identify the appropriate organizational abstractions that are central to the analysis and design of such systems, discuss their role and importance, and show how such abstractions are exploited in the context of the Gaia methodology for multi-agent systems development.

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