Toward an Organization-Oriented Design Methodology for Agent Societies

Toward an Organization-Oriented Design Methodology for Agent Societies

Virginia Dignum (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) and Hans Weigand (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-046-2.ch009
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Abstract

In this chapter, we present a framework for the design of agent societies that considers the influence of social organizational aspects on the functionality and objectives of the agent society and specifies the development steps for the design and development of an agent-based system for a particular domain. Our approach will provide a generic frame that directly relates to the organizational perception of the problem. The framework specifies the development steps of the design and development of an agent-based system for a particular domain. Based on the coordination characteristics of a domain, the methodology provides three frameworks for societies (market, hierarchy, and network). These frameworks relate to the organizational perception of a problem and allows for existing methodologies to be used for the development, modeling, and formalization of each step. The methodology supports the development of increasingly detailed models of the society and its components.

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