Tropos: A Requirements-Driven Methodology for Agent-Oriented Software

Tropos: A Requirements-Driven Methodology for Agent-Oriented Software

Paolo Giorgini (University of Trento, Italy), Manuel Kolp (University of Louvain, Belgium), John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada) and Jaelson Castro (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-581-8.ch002
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Software systems of the future will have to perform well within ever-changing organizational environments. Unfortunately, existing software development methodologies have traditionally been inspired by programming concepts rather than organizational ones, leading to a semantic gap between the system and its operational environment. To reduce this gap, we propose a software development methodology named Tropos that is founded on the i* organizational modeling framework. i* offers the notions of actor, goal, and (actor) dependency. Tropos uses these concepts as a basis to model early and late requirements, architectural design, and detailed design for a software system. The chapter outlines Tropos phases through an e-business example. The methodology is a good complement to proposals for agent-oriented programming platforms.

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Brian Henderson-Sellers, Paolo Giorgini
Chapter 1
Paolo Giorgini, Brian Henderson-Sellers
As an introduction to agent-oriented (AO) methodologies, we first describe the characteristics of both agents and multi-agent systems (MASs). This... Sample PDF
Agent-Oriented Methodologies: An Introduction
Chapter 2
Paolo Giorgini, Manuel Kolp, John Mylopoulos, Jaelson Castro
Software systems of the future will have to perform well within ever-changing organizational environments. Unfortunately, existing software... Sample PDF
Tropos: A Requirements-Driven Methodology for Agent-Oriented Software
Chapter 3
Carlos A. Iglesias, Mercedes Garijo
This chapter introduces the main concepts of the methodology MAS-CommonKADS that extends object-oriented and knowledge engineering techniques for... Sample PDF
The Agent-Oriented Methodology MAS-CommonKADS
Chapter 4
Massimo Cossentino
A Process for Agent Societies Specification and Implementation (PASSI) is a step-by-step requirement-to-code methodology for designing and... Sample PDF
From Requirements to Code with PASSI Methodology
Chapter 5
Lin Padgham, Michael Winikoff
We present the Prometheus methodology for designing agents and multi-agent systems. The methodology is intended to be practical; in particular, it... Sample PDF
Prometheus: A Practical Agent-Oriented Methodology
Chapter 6
Franco Zambonelli, Nicholas R. Jennings, Michael Wooldridge
The multi-agent system paradigm introduces a number of new design/development issues when compared with more traditional approaches to software... Sample PDF
Multi-Agent Systems as Computational Organizations: The Gaia Methodology
Chapter 7
Carole Bernon, Valérie Camps, Marie-Pierre Gleizes, Gauthier Picard
This chapter introduces the ADELFE methodology, an agent-oriented methodology dedicated to the design of systems that are complex, open, and not... Sample PDF
Engineering Adaptive Multi-Agent Systems: The ADELFE Methodology
Chapter 8
Francisco J. Garijo, Jorge J. Gomez-Sanz, Philippe Massonet
This chapter presents the MESSAGE agent-oriented software engineering methodology and illustrates it in an analysis and design case study. The... Sample PDF
The MESSAGE Methodology for Agent-Oriented Analysis and Design
Chapter 9
Juan Pavon, Jorge J. Gomez-Sanz, Rubén Fuentes
INGENIAS provides a notation for modeling multi-agent systems (MAS) and a well-defined collection of activities to guide the development process of... Sample PDF
The INGENIAS Methodology and Tools
Chapter 10
Kuldar Taveter
This chapter proposes a new agent-oriented software engineering process called RAP, which follows the Rational Unified Process (RUP) in many ways... Sample PDF
Towards Radical Agent-Oriented Software Engineering Processes Based on AOR Modeling
Chapter 11
Scott A. DeLoach, Madhukar Kumar
This chapter provides an overview of the Multi-agent Systems Engineering (MaSE) methodology for analyzing and designing multi-agent systems. MaSE... Sample PDF
Multi-Agent Systems Engineering: An Overview and Case Study
Chapter 12
Quynh-Nhu N. Tran, Graham C. Low
This chapter provides a comparison of the 10 agent-oriented software engineering methodologies presented in the preceding chapters. An evaluation... Sample PDF
Comparison of Ten Agent-Oriented Methodologies
Chapter 13
Brian Henderson-Sellers
While individual agent-oriented methodologies are useful for restricted situations, a more flexible approach can be found in the use of situational... Sample PDF
Creating a Comprehensive Agent-Oriented Methodology: Using Method Engineering and the OPEN Metamodel
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