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Modelling and Administration of Contract-Based Systems
Miles, Simon and Oren, Nir and Luck, Michael and Modgil, Sanjay and Faci, Nora and Holt, Camden and Vickers, Gary (2008) Modelling and Administration of Contract-Based Systems. In: AISB 2008 Symposium on Behaviour Regulation in Multi-agent Systems, 1-2 Apr 2008, Aberdeen, UK.
Mirroring the paper versions exchanged between businesses today, electronic contracts offer the possibility of dynamic, automatic creation and enforcement of restrictions and compulsions on agent behaviour that are designed to ensure business objectives are met. However, where there are many contracts within a particular application, it can be difficult to determine whether the system can reliably fulfil them all; computer-parsable electronic contracts may allow such verification to be automated. In this paper, we describe a conceptual framework and architecture specification in which normative business contracts can be electronically represented, verified, established, renewed, etc. In particular, we aim to allow systems containing multiple contracts to be checked for conflicts and violations of business objectives. We illustrate the framework and architecture with an aerospace example.
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