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Case studies for contract-based systems

Jakob, Michal and Pechoucek, Michal and Miles, Simon and Luck, Michael and Chabera, Jiri and Oren, Nir and Kollingbaum, Martin and Holt, Camden and Vazquez, Javier and Storms, Patrick and Dehn, Martin (2008) Case studies for contract-based systems. In: Seventh International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Estoril, Portugal.

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Abstract

Of the ways in which agent behaviour can be regulated in a multiagent system, electronic contracting – based on explicit representation of different parties' responsibilities, and the agreement of all parties to them – has significant potential for modern industrial applications. Based on this assumption, the CONTRACT project aims to develop and apply electronic contracting and contract-based monitoring and verification techniques in real world applications. This paper presents results from the initial phase of the project, which focused on requirements solicitation and analysis. Specifically, we survey four use cases from diverse industrial applications, examine how they can benefit from an agent-based electronic contracting infrastructure and outline the technical requirements that would be placed on such an infrastructure. We present the designed CONTRACT architecture and describe how it may fulfil these requirements. In addition to motivating our work on the contract-based infrastructure, the paper aims to provide a much needed community resource in terms of use case themselves and to provide a clear commercial context for the development of work on contract-based system.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:1384
Deposited By:Dr Simon Miles
Deposited On:14 Sep 2010 11:27
Last Modified:14 Sep 2010 11:27

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